THE FIRST of a series of planned fundraising 'Mini Dances' has been held in Menston.

The event took place at High Royds Social Club on Saturday, March 4 when 100 children aged between four and ten took to the dance floor.

It was the first of a string of dances that resident Jessica Blyth is organising to raise money for Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Haven.

The children were kept moving by the Guiseley-based West Yorkshire School of Performing Arts, which sent students and teachers along.

The first event sold out in under 24 hours and lots of local businesses - including High Royds Social Club, which provided its room for free - are supporting the initiative.

Thirty seven year year old Jessica was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer and has been helped in her recovery by Yorkshire Breast Cancer Haven.

She said: "Sadly cancer seems to touch most people at some point in their lives.

"Due to my own recent experiences and those of my friends we decided it was time to raise some money for some worthwhile charities whilst having as much fun as we could.

"The support for this event has been huge and we are very grateful to everyone who has donated time, money or support to the Mini Dance.

"Whilst the kids danced their socks off there was tea, coffee and cakes available to purchase, a used children's book stall a tombola and raffle.

"Billy Clarke of Bradford City FC also donated a signed team ball, which is currently being auctioned, alongside a signed framed Leeds Rhinos shirt donated by Dave Singleton.

"It was a fantastic afternoon and a great success - we're now looking forward to the next one on April 8."

Jessica and her supporters have already raised more than £1,500 for the charities.

She would like to thank all the local businesses and residents who supported the dance and donated raffle and tombola prizes, buns or cakes or who volunteered on the day.