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Parents raise £1,775 as thank you to dance teacher Jo Ellis for keeping their children fit and motivated in lockdowns

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More than 70 parents have raised £1,775 for a dance teacher who kept their children fit and motivated during both coronavirus lockdowns.

Jo Ellis first set up a series of dance lessons via video-conferencing website Zoom in spring, offering students a range of classes, some of them led by West End performers.

The sessions were such a hit that she was able to launch face-to-face classes in Little Hadham under the banner of Chance2dance.

Jo Ellis received over £1,500 from her dance pupils' parents (43339033)
Jo Ellis received over £1,500 from her dance pupils' parents (43339033)

When the second lockdown arrived, Jo moved her classes online again. As a new business, she did not qualify for Government Covid support grants.

Wanting to repay Jo for all her hard work, some of the mums organised a virtual whip-round on Crowdfunding and asked other parents to contribute rather than buy Jo wine or chocolate as Christmas presents.

Their target was £500 but they smashed that. Jo was presented with a cheque for £1,525, however the money continues to roll in and the total now stands at £1,775.

One of the organisers, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "She deserves this as she has literally kept our children motivated, fit and has got them through lockdown each time. She's an inspirational and talented teacher with a wealth of experience."

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