Dance for Dementia set for third year
Published on: 08 Jun 2015
A YOUNG Downend woman has been inspired to raise more than £7,000 for a dementia charity after witnessing her late grandmothers’ Alzheimer’s disease.
And Katie Smith is set to add to that total this month when her third Dance for Dementia event is staged at the Redgrave Theatre.
Katie, a keen dancer, started the show to bring together performers from many different dance styles in a unique concert.
This year will feature more than 100 dancers and will include performances from some of Bristol’s finest African, Ballet, Belly, Commercial, Contemporary, Irish, Latin, Modern, Scottish, Street and Tap dancers in a unique and sensational show.
Katie said: “Dance for Dementia is a very special show bringing together incredibly talented dancers, many of whom have experienced the effects of dementia first hand. Last year was a huge success raising £4719.88 for Alzheimer’s Society and I am excited to support the charity again this year.”
Adrian Williams, regional community fundraising manager for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are delighted that Katie and the Bristol dance community are once again giving their time to support Alzheimer’s Society following hugely successful fundraising last year. As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Katie to help us continue our vital work.”
Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more
than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051.
Dance for Dementia takes place on June 7, with performances at 4pm and 7.30pm.
To find out more about the event visit www.dancefordementia.com. Tickets are on sale at Bristol Ticket Shop, www.bristolticketshop.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0117 929 9008.