Street dance mob raises hundreds for Plymouth boy with incurable disease
A TROUPE of street dancers took to breaking and popping in Drake Circus mall to raise cash to help a young boy with an incurable disease.
Thirty performers from Street Factory Studios, aged from three to 27, entertained shoppers with an hour of the latest dance moves, also including hip hop and house, with a wrap-up freestyle jam mixing all manner of fancy foot, and arm, work thrown in too.
The dancers collected £210 from the dozens of Saturday afternoon onlookers, and this will go towards a target £1,000 Street Factory wants to donate to seven-year-old Zack Hayden, who has the devastating disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
Zack is likely to be wheelchair-bound within the next two years and, sadly, most people with DMD do not live to see their 30th birthday.
Zack's mother, Maria Whatley, made a plea, via The Herald, to Plymouth people to help her raise £4,500 for a machine called the Vecttor, which could keep Zack out of a wheelchair and increase his life expectancy.
And following our story about Zack's plight, kind-hearted Plymouth folk, charities and businesses came forward to help. Among those touched by Zack's story were the boys and girls at Street Factory Studios, in Cobourg Street.
Street Factory's Toby Gorniak said: "We read about Zack in The Herald and decided to help him. So we organised the dance event and all our dancers turned up.
"We gave a demonstration and had a competition, boys against girls, which the girls won. And we had a big bucket with someone going round asking people for donations. We raised £210 in just an hour – thanks to all those shoppers for helping.
"Street Factory will be doing other things to raise money too and are hoping to get to at least £1,000. We want Zack to get that machine and hopefully a better quality of life."
Street Factory accepts people of any age who want to learn to dance. It stages a free open drop-in session from 2pm to 3pm every Saturday.