Girl power shines through for Grenfell relief

Evie Roberts enlisted the support of friends Hannah Morley and Anna Hill for a dance-a-thon in aid of Grenfell Tower victims
Evie Roberts enlisted the support of friends Hannah Morley and Anna Hill for a dance-a-thon in aid of Grenfell Tower victims

An eleven-year-old Wiganer was so moved by the plight of the Grenfell Tower victims that she knew she simply had to help.

So Evie Roberts, from Shevington, enlisted the support of friends Hannah Morley and Anna Hill to launch a six-hour dance-a-thon on the last day of term.

And with the musical backing of the likes of Katy Perry and Little Mix, the trio collected hundreds of pounds for the housing charity Shelter through the event at All Saints Primary in Appley Bridge.

Mum Kay Roberts, a teacher at Lowton High, said: "Evie heard about Grenfell Tower on the news and asked me all about it.

"She is very aware of what’s going on around her and it upset her.

"Then it was a couple of days later and we were out shopping in Liverpool and she saw a number of homeless people in the city centre there.

"That’s where the idea came from to raise money for Shelter. Because they are involved with the relief effort for people affected by the tragedy."

The three girls are all students at the Anna Shimmin School of Dance, which is based in Gathurst Lane, Shevington.

Before setting out on their challenge, they decided that at least one of them should remain dancing throughout the six-hour stint. Their marathon effort was supported by sponsorship from family, friends and local firms.

"This was the first time she had come up with anything like this," added Mrs Roberts.

"But it was all her own idea and we just wanted to encourage the girls to do something worthwhile.

"Evie will be going to Shevington High in September and we thought it would be something she could look back on."

Shelter in London has been working closely with organisations such as North Kensington Law Centre, Kensington Citizens Advice bureau and the Housing Law Practitioners Association to provide advice for people in the wake of the disaster, and housing lawyers nationwide have also pledged their support.