Dance night will raise cash for Sunderland couple starting charity in son’s name

Rob and Caroline Calvert, of Craigshaw Square, Hylton Castle, Sunderland, pictured with their son William.
Rob and Caroline Calvert, of Craigshaw Square, Hylton Castle, Sunderland, pictured with their son William.
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Dancers are hoping to hot-foot their way to fundraising success in the name of a little boy diagnosed with a genetic disorder which will cut short his life.

Former professional dancer Jade Coxon has rallied the troupes from dance schools across Sunderland to take to the stage tonight.

I wanted to bring as many schools together to put on a performance.

Jade Coxon

The show will feature performers showcasing a range of dance styles including street, tap, modern and jazz in aid of a fund set up by the family of William Calvert.

The three-year-old, who attends Castletown Primary, was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), an incurable muscle-wasting disease, in December.

It could see the youngster in a wheelchair by the age of 10. He also may not live long enough to see his 30th birthday.

His parents Caroline and Rob, from Hylton Castle, are hoping to raise £5,000 to create a charity which will raise funds to support research into the condition.

Ms Coxon said: “Caroline is a good friend of mine so I know about the money she is trying to raise after her son William was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy.

“With my background in dance, I also have my own dance company, I decided 
to bring as many schools together to put on a performance.”

The show, JC Company presents an Evening of Dance, will be held at Sunderland College’s visual and performing arts theatre on the Bede Campus tonight.

Doors open at 6pm with a range of stalls to browse prior to the performance at 7pm.

Tickets are £7 and available on the door.

To make a donation visit crowdfunding.justgiving.com/WilliamCalvert