A FLAMBOROUGH dancer is one step closer to achieving her dream of performing in the Olympics opening ceremony after the Free Press donated money from our 150 fund.
Sarah Longley, 21, of Bempton Lane, has been chosen to dance in the opening ceremony in July – but is still looking for help from local individuals or businesses to pay for transport to London for each of the required 22 rehearsals.
Since a report in the Free Press two weeks ago, Sarah has been overwhelmed with support from the community and has already received £500 from Northampton University, £500 between Bridlington and North Wolds Lions Club, £50 from governors at Headlands School along with many more promises of fund-raising support.
She was presented with £150 to help towards the cost of travel by Free Press Sports Editor John Edwards last week.
“I would like to say a big thank you to the Free Press and everyone who has already pledged to help me,” said Sarah.
“The support has been overwhelming and I am really surprised that I have already received so much help, especially from places I’ve got a connection with.
“Northampton University have said they are willing to help me, both of the Lions clubs are coming together to donate £500 and Headlands governors have pledged £50 as well as offering to do further fundraising for me and Michelle Hatton said she will hold a fundraising event.
“Mary Sunley at the Flamborough Tennis Club will hold a jumble sale for me, and the Old Tuck Shop on Tower Street will have a collection box on the counter.
“Also, Bridlington Job Centre where my mum Sue works held a bacon butty morning and a bonus ball competition to raise £80.”
Sarah has confirmed to Olympic organisers that she will take part in the opening ceremony, but is still hoping for more help to pay for her numerous travel expenses to and from London.
Free Press Sports Editor John Edwards said: “We are delighted to be able to help Sarah travel down to London and take part in such a prestigious event, she joins a list of very worthy causes we have managed to donate to since we set up the 150 fund.
“Having the Olympics come to Britain is something that probably won’t happen again in our lifetime, so we thought it was right to make sure we had someone there who is representing our area.”
The Free Press 150 fund was set up in 2009 to mark the paper’s 150th anniversary and gives out grants of £150 to local clubs, organisations or individuals.
This is 10th donation we’ve given out, although the first to an individual. Previous grants have bought trophies for the town’s swimming club, food for the Kingfisher Trust, a TV set for Swan House and paid for a minibus for the MS society’s annual trip.
Other groups to benefit include a theatre group for youngsters, the Red Admirals majorettes and Bridlington Excelsior band.
If you would like to help Sarah, you can contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Free Press on 677338.