St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Marton Road, Middlesbrough is delighted to announce that on Friday, 1st February they raised £3,969.25 for the local charity, “Billy’s Room”.

St. Joseph's Danceathon Day

St. Joseph’s Danceathon Day

The school held a “Baby Blue Dress Up Danceathon Day” and worked with Thornton Dance Academy, who run their gymnastics and after school clubs, to encourage children to wear blue clothes and participate in a ‘Sponsored Danceathon’ in school. Pupils, Teachers and staff all took part and danced the day away in aid of this worthwhile cause.

Set up by the staff and students at Thornton Academy of Performing Arts in Middlesbrough, “Billy’s Room” aims to raise money to provide a new dedicated bereavement room in James Cook Hospital, where parents who have had to endure the loss of their baby during and after birth can have the opportunity, in peace and privacy, to spend time together. To find out more about the charity, visit

“This is a fantastic achievement for the pupils and staff at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. As part of the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust, I’m delighted to see our schools engaging in their local communities in line with our “Called to Serve” initiative launched in December last year. Giving back to our communities is a key part of our Catholic ethos and I hope this contribution helps the charity move closer to making “Billy’s Room” a reality,” said Hugh Hegarty, CEO of Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust.

St. Joseph’s Danceathon Day