Tap dancers set for charity routine

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A GROUP of female fund-raisers are hoping to tap into the kindness and generosity of locals.

Known as ‘Tap Heavy’, the dozen dancers have been receiving lessons from Lesley McFarlane since February ahead of a sponsored performance later this month. And they are ready to let their feet do the talking with a top-secret tap routine in aid of the Katie McKerracher Trust.

Group member Jackie Powolny said: “A couple of us always said we wanted to do something for Katie and last year we came up with this brilliant idea that Lesley would teach us how to dance. To be honest, she couldn’t teach us how to Highland dance and tap dancing sounded like fun. Katie used to be a dancer in Lesley’s school and she loved to tap dance, so we thought we’d learn that.”

And so, for an hour every Sunday since then, starting in Brydon’s and latterly shifting to the Guide Hut, the group, which includes Katie’s mum Anne, have been getting to grips with the moves – with varying success.

Jackie said: “At first it was really difficult because it was a completely new entity to us. We’re not natural dancers. Lesley didn’t just have to teach us the routine, she had to teach us every single step.”

Jackie was giving no clues as to the routine but all will be revealed at Lesley’s annual display on September 14 in the town hall.

Ten-year-old Katie died in January 2009 from a Diffuse Pontine Glioma, which is an inoperable tumour in the brain stem.

Her family then set up the trust which aims to meet with patients and families to help them understand what might happen and answer their questions; work with health professionals to seek to improve treatment of Diffuse Pontine Glioma patients; and to remember Katie’s love of dancing with a small grant annually to one Borders dancer.

Santander have agreed to match the fund-raising up to £3,500. Donations can be made at Brydon’s or at www.justgiving.com/katiemckerrachertrust