Friday evening’s performance of The Little Prince is dedicated to Maggie McCann whose family and friends join us this evening. Maggie’s legacy gift came as a wonderful surprise – we hadn’t realised how fond Maggie was of DanceEast and our work – so were particularly touched that she thought to include us in her will.
Originally from Ipswich, Maggie lived in Woodbridge and was devoted to the arts. She attended Ipswich Art School at the same time as Suffolk based artist Maggi Hambling – studying jewellery, before moving to London and then a craft commune in Wales. Whilst always maintaining an interest in the arts, Maggie’s primary career was in the health sector – in podiatry and for almost 20 years as a theatre nurse at Ipswich Hospital.
Maggie was always an active fundraiser in support of numerous organisations close to her heart – and like many of the people here this evening, contributed to the DanceEast Red Shoe appeal – purchasing a metre of ballet barre to help realise the vision of the Jerwood DanceHouse, the home for dance in the East of England – which celebrates its tenth anniversary next year.
Maggie’s forward planning to include DanceEast in her will, means her legacy lives on through our work. Her generous gift will help support the integration of children and young people with learning and physical disabilities into our classes and support low-income and vulnerable families to take part in dance activities. We are incredibly grateful to Maggie and her family for their generosity, which will make a very real difference to many people – enabling them to access and participate in great dance.
For over 30 years we have been providing high quality dance for all – inspiring dancers and audiences alike. As a charity, we rely on a mixture of public funding, philanthropy and earned income and are very grateful to our loyal customers for their continued generosity. With public funding on the decline, we need to plan for our future and secure additional funds to ensure that we can continue delivering an internationally renowned programme of activity, that provides creative opportunities to artists and great dance for everyone.
If like Maggie you want to ensure that your passion for dance lives on, please do consider leaving a gift in your will – all gifts make a real difference, however large or small, enabling us to make our plans a reality. If you would like to discuss legacy giving and share your wishes with us, please do get in contact and we’d be happy to meet with you for an informal chat.
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Legacies can be directed to Dance East (registered charity number 01066825). Please ensure you seek professional advice.