A KIND-HEARTED Badsey mum has paid tribute to the generosity of local people ahead of the relaunch of a popular disabled disco for children.
Tracey Hemming joined up with other parents to launch the disco on Tuesday (March 8) at the village’s The Pub in a Club, after being left disheartened following the closure of Evesham’s Marilyn’s ‘disco for the disabled’ after Christmas.
She believes Evesham doesn’t have enough to offer for children with learning difficulties like her son once they’ve left school.
So together with other parents, Tracey has spent the past two months fund-raising for the specially required equipment needed to re-launch the ‘much-loved’ event.
Through fund-raising on social media, Tracey was shocked to see a surge in donations when Birmingham City Football Club kindly offered £800.
Scott Farms in Evesham also got on board with a donation and the town’s MP Nigel Huddleston personally wrote to Tracey offering his full support to the relaunch.
After hearing a disabled disco at a centre in Derby was closing down, the group of mums used the money raised to buy their equipment.
“When Marilyn’s disco never reopened this year it left my son and a lot of others with no where to go,” Tracey told the Observer.
“The disco was a place where children could socialise with others in a safe environment.”
“To see their excited faces waiting for the door to open and when they’re dancing is priceless.
“Through the incredible generosity of local people I’ve managed to get the event up and running.
“The DJ from Marilyn’s who the children all know and love has said he will do the night for us, so they have some continuity which is what a lot of them need to have an enjoyable night.
“There’s not much out there for disabled children and sometimes families don’t have the fight in them to find or launch an event like this.
“That’s why I’ve put a lot of time and effort into restarting the disco, so everyone can come along and enjoy a great night,” she added.
The disco will run every Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm and costs £2, which will go towards funding other equipment for the event.
Call Tracey on 07970306037 for more information.