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Disneyland Paris dream for Hamilton dance group Reflex

Disneyland Paris dream for Hamilton dance group Reflex

A Whitehill dance group are appealing for help to perform at Disneyland Paris.

Reflex was set up by sisters Lee Morgan and Leesa Archibald a decade ago.

The pair, both secondary school teachers, give up their free time to manage the group with the support of a team of volunteers.

The group organised a number of fundraising activities for a trip to London, where they visited the Pineapple Dance Studios, saw ‘The Lion King’ at the Lyceum Theatre and received a private workshop from the Disney cast.

Inspired by the visit, Reflex are now hoping to take part in a performance of ‘The Magic of Disney’ at Disneyland Paris next April.

However, they will need to raise between £6000 and £8000 to cover the cost of the trip and have lined up a series of fundraising events such as bag packing, a race night and a prize bingo.

The children are also taking part in a sponsored walk up Tinto Hill during the school summer holidays.

Local businesses have also chipped in, including Daysoft (£500), Kimberly Tavern Pub (£500), Tunnock’s (£50), D-Drive (£50) and Wellman Cars (£200).

Some have also provided vouchers and prizes to be used at the fundraising nights.

Lee said: “We are providing these kids with a purpose, something to work towards and we hope we can help them perform in ‘The Magic of Disney’ and achieve their ultimate dream.

“We are therefore making an appeal to local businesses to please provide us with some magic and help us get there.”

Hamilton North and East councillor Davie McLachlan said: “What they are embarking on is a once in a lifetime experience and it will mean so much to so many young people who could only dream about dancing on stage in Disneyland Paris.

“Everyone at Reflex has my full support and I will be doing everything I can to help get them there.

“The prospect of dancing on stage in Disneyland is a real dream and would not be possible without some dedicated fundraising and hard work.

“We are very grateful to those businesses who have already made very generous donations and I hope others can con-
tribute in making this exciting prospect a reality for the wonderful young members of Reflex Dance.”

To contribute visit www.gofundme.com/reflex-dance.

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