Bollywood moves on Danya’s fundraising

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Danya Khan, a Year 8 student at The Grammar School at Leeds, stepped in to help seriously ill children and their families when she held a Bollywood dance night for her friends and their mums.

Held at Danya’s home, the fabulous event raised £1,225 for local charity Give a Gift, which fundraises for two charities – children’s hospice Martin House and the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, which supports the Leeds congenital heart unit at Leeds General Infirmary.

The funds were raised through ticket sales and donations, and everyone helped out by bringing food to share and practised their Bollywood moves accompanied by live dhol music.

Rifhat Malik from Give a Gift and Bhranti Naik, community fundraiser for Martin House, came to assembly to explain to the year group about the vital work of the hospice and the heart unit. They presented Danya with a certificate and gift in recognition of her fundraising efforts.

Rifhat said: “Danya’s fundraising will bring a big smile to children’s faces and help us make memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The hospice and the heart unit rely upon help from the community and we are overwhelmed by the support of youngsters like Danya.”

Bhranti said: “It’s something special when children are able to see beyond their own needs and help other young people like this.”

Give a Gift also received a boost from another GSAL pupil, Shyla Hanif, Year 6, who raised around £500 by holding bun sales in Junior School.

Danya is pictured with Rifhat Malik (left) and Bhranti Naik (right).

 

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