Dancers put on a ‘onesie’ for charity

Rebecca's Dance School held a Onesie day to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital S2 ward, pictured centre is organiser Olivia Parker with children and staff in their onesies (w130323-1)
Rebecca's Dance School held a Onesie day to raise money for Sheffield Children's Hospital S2 ward, pictured centre is organiser Olivia Parker with children and staff in their onesies (w130323-1)

The trend for the pyjama ‘onesie’ has not only taken the fashion world by storm, it has helped to raise money for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Young dancers from Rebecca’s Dance Studios at Carlton Civic Centre pulled on their PJs for a special pyjama party.

It was organised by dancer and student helper Olivia Porter, 13, whose hard work really paid off - to the tune of £275.

One of Olivia’s friends is currently on ward specialist neuroscience ward S2 at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

She has been to visit him and seen for herself what fantastic care the hospital staff provide for the young patients. So she decided to say ‘thank you’ in her own way.

“Olivia saw the expert care involved on the ward and we started talking about fundraising,” said Olivia’s mum Karen.

“Olivia has been going to Rebecca’s since the studios started in 2011 and she really loves it there. So it was an ideal opportunity to try and raise some money through the dancing community.”

Olivia set about making posters and flyers to advertise the event. And lo and behold, on the morning of the onesie party, it had snowed.

Rebecca Doonah, principal of Rebecca’s Dance Studios said: “It was perfect timing really as we all got snuggly in our pyjamas and enjoyed our usual dance classes.”

“Despite the inclement weather lots of people turned up and everyone had a really good day.”

“We always encourage our young dancers to think of others and encourage fundraising activities whenever we can.”

Parents, friends and family members were also able to join in the fun with a cake stall and raffle. And the grand total raised for the ward was £275.

Olivia’s mum added: “I’m very proud of her for making this happen.” She said Olivia’s friend’s family were also ‘over the moon’ that the money will help other children on the same ward as their son.