Disabled children learn to dance thanks to a special donation from Admiral

Disabled children are learning to dance with their friends at Ty Gwyn School in Ely, Cardiff, thanks to local employer Admiral.

Admiral donated over £950 to ballet classes run by Flamingo Chicks at Ty Gwyn School in Ely. Flamingo Chicks is a company that runs ballet classes for children of all abilities throughout the UK. The donation from Admiral paid for much needed sensory equipment for dance classes in Cardiff schools, such as feathers, bells and scarves, as well as staff uniforms and training.

The donation came from Admiral’s Community Chest Scheme, which gives thousands of pounds every year to charities and organisations in South Wales. Watch a video about the donation here.

Stephen McCuaig from Admiral’s People Services department in Newport, applied for the funding. He said, “My fiancé works for Flamingo Chicks and she tells me so many inspiring stories from the classes they run. I knew they were low on equipment so I applied to our Community Chest scheme. I was really pleased when my application was successful as I knew it would benefit so many children.”

Flamingo Chicks was set up in 2013 by Katherine Sparks. She said “I was frustrated by the lack of opportunities for little ones with additional needs so I set up Flamingo Chicks to create dance classes where children of all abilities can join in and have fun together. From our original one class a week, we now have two thousand children coming through our doors every year.

“The children in our Cardiff classes where Admiral’s donation will be used have profound and multiple disabilities, so for them, ballet is a very sensory experience, which is the reason we chose it. Ballet has a real richness to the music and storytelling and we’re able to convey the story to the children and help them to explore movement through the use of these sensory props. Thank you to Admiral for making this experience extra special for the children.”

You can learn more about Flamingo Chicks by visiting their website here: http://www.flamingochicks.co.uk/.