20th May 2021

George’s fundraising story

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Eat. Sleep. Dance. Repeat. That’s George! Eight-year-old George Warburton from Hertfordshire just loves to dance. So, when his mum spotted our National Tapathon on social media, she knew the challenge would be perfect for him.

“I’ve loved dancing for forever! When I was younger, I would dance all around my house all of the time. I’ve been attending ballet and jazz dance lessons for about 8 months, but I’ve only been doing tap and modern for 2 months now. When my mum told me about the National Tapathon, I just knew I had to join in.

This will be my first-time dancing for charity – it is so cool! I am really excited for the live stream event with Kai Scanlan and all the other tappers on Sunday 23rd May. I have had so fun learning the dance routine from Kai’s instruction videos. I have had some help learning the steps from one of my dance teachers, Miss Nikki, as I hadn’t done some of the steps before.

My friends and family have been really supportive. My friends have given me money (well, their mummy’s have actually!) and my family have kindly donated too. They’ve also been helping me learn the moves!”

Currently, George’s fundraising total is at an impressive £350!* And clearly, George is very pleased!

Edit: George’s total is now over £1,000 – he even received a donation from king of Strictly Come Dancing, Kevin Clifton!

“When I smashed my fundraising target I was really, really shocked, and so happy! To know that the money I have raised will help people makes me feel really happy and proud.

I wanted to take part because sadly, my grandpa died last year from cancer. I really miss him. I wanted to do something to raise money to help people like him.”

Understandably, Jo, George’s mum, is very proud of her son:

“George was really affected when his Grandpa died from cancer last year, so when the National Tapathon popped up on social media, I asked George what he thought about it. There was no hesitation – he was very clear he wanted to do all he could to help fight cancer.

We set up his fundraising page together but used his words exactly for what he wanted to say.

Both his Dad and I are incredibly proud of the perseverance, hard work and practice he’s put into learning the routine – he’s clearly enjoyed every minute of it!” 

You can show your support to George by donating to his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/George-Warburton