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It’s The Big Give! NIDMS launches fundraising week on Giving Tuesday

28 Nov 2017

©ROH, 2017. Image: Andrej Uspenski

Today, Giving Tuesday, the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) launches its Big Give Christmas Challenge, hoping to raise £5000 to support the expansion of the NHS dance injury clinics across the UK.

Every donation made, up to £2,500, will be matched, making each donation worth double its monetary value.

Through shared expertise and a network of multidisciplinary partners, NIDMS works to provide the dance sector with access to high quality, affordable, dance-specific health care and dance science support services in private practice and the NHS. The team has been pivotal in the opening of three dance injury clinics – in London, Bath, and Birmingham – and looks to expand these services  across the country, particularly in the North.

NIDMS is also keen to support mental health services for dancers, and has ambitions to develop its current injury treatment clinics to incorporate psychiatric practitioners.

Head of NIDMS Helen Laws comments:

“Everything we have been able to achieve so far has only been possible through generous donations from Harlequin Floors, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Dance Again Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation as well as hundreds of individuals through previous fundraising campaigns. If you like us, believe that dancers should have access to the specialist care they need and deserve as elite artists and athletes then now is the time to donate what you can, big or small, and help us to make a real difference.”

NIDMS Manager Claire Farmer adds:

“Experiencing an injury can be a distressing time for a dancer, and the ability to access dance specialist care on the NHS if private care is not within the dancers’ reach can significantly reduce this stress and ensure dancers return to optimal performance as quickly as possible. We have already reached over 800 dancers through the clinics and hope to increase accessibility to these services through expansion of services across the UK. All donations are very gratefully received.”

For one week only, starting 28 November 2017 at 12pm, you can donate to NIDMS #ChristmasChallenge17 by visiting its Big Give page. Please donate to support dancers’ health.

NIDMS was launched in 2012 and consists of seven main partners; Birmingham Royal Ballet, One Dance UK, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Royal Ballet, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, University of Birmingham and University of Wolverhampton.