MORE than 100 talented local children came together to perform in aid of the Patina Moving On Parade at The All Saints Centre, Lewes.
The children, from Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, Turning Pointe School of Dance, Universal Dance and Drum Unity performed dance routines, drama sketches and drumming sessions in front of a packed, enthusiastic audience.
The event raised more than £1,000 which the children have donated to the spectacular Moving On Parade which takes place in Lewes today (Friday).
One of the organisers, Deirdre Daly from Kaleidoscope, said: “When the children heard that Patina’s funding had been cut they were very keen to do something to raise some funds. Many of the older children have been in Patina and remember it as an exciting parade to mark their transition from primary to secondary school and the younger children want Patina to continue in the future so that they can take part in it when they are in Year 6. “
Mark Robertson, the co-ordinator of Patina, said “I am overwhelmed by this generous donation. It is wonderful that it has come from local children and it is fantastic that they were able to use their talents to support Patina. This money will make a real difference.’
Today’s Moving On Parade through the streets of Lewes will be from 12.30am to 1.20pm. The theme this year is Let The Games Begin and children have worked with local artists in schools to make sculptures and costumes that are truly spectacular.
After the parade the children are all treated to a big party in The Paddock where bands from Starfish perform and join in with the celebrations.
If you would like to make a donation to Patina so that they can continue this important tradition next year go to the website www.patinalewes.com