Cash drive to fund wheelchair dance championship bid

060612 Craig yeadon standing and derek morgan.
060612 Craig yeadon standing and derek morgan.

A YOUNG British wheelchair dancing champion from Bo’ness has the chance to defend his freestyle crown at Blackpool - but needs the public’s help to get him there.

Corey Yeadon (10), who has cerebral palsy, is currently in Yorkhill Children’s Hospital awaiting surgery to insert small replacement tubes into his skull to drain fluid from the brain.

Initial tubes were put in when he was a baby, and Corey’s family hope this latest treatment, the second in three weeks, will prove successful and he can be back home to Livingston Drive well in time for Fair Day.

For Deanburn Primary School pupil Corey there is nothing he likes better than wheelchair dancing.

To transport his Funky Fifers team to the Blackpool Hilton for the British Championships in November on a wheelchair-adapted coach, and to accommodate the participants and their families, at least £6000 is needed.

The team also hopes to get new gold and white costumes for this special Jubilee year.

Corey’s dad Craig, a Bo’ness postman, plus uncles Graham Yeadon (from England) and Derek Morgan (Bowmar Avenue, Bo’ness) are climbing Ben Nevis on July 1 to raise cash.

And a fundraising stall is planned for tomorrow’s Bo’ness Piping Championships (Saturday) at Kinneil Estate, with a tombola and homebaking.

Corey, who has three siblings - Ainsleigh (12), Hannah (8) and Alfie (3) - trains in Lochgelly. The team is run by Bo’nessian Walter Campbell.

Mum Michelle (35) said: “He loves it. I think it’s the fact he takes part with people that are the same as him.

“He can’t do football because he’s in a chair but he can do the dancing. He’s extremely excited about going to Blackpool.”

Earlier this week, Corey said: “We practise every Sunday. Some of it’s classical and some of it’s funky.

“We are doing the musical Cats, the Glendevon and Dance With Me Tonight by Olly Murs.”

As to the secret of being a champion dancer, he said: “It’s lots of practice and energy.”

Dad Craig (33) said: “He’s obviously very into what he does.

“He’s missed a few due to hospital appointments but we hope he will be at it again soon.

“Either way it’s all about having fun. It’s great if he wins trophies but if he enjoys it it’s great for him and others in the team as well.

“There are others with cerebral palsy who are a lot more disabled.”

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