Fallen Angels Dance Theatre group based in Chester have won a £1000 award from the Active Cheshire, Active Anywhere fund. The total £25k Active Anywhere prize fund celebrates the 25th anniversary of Active Cheshire; the lead body for physical activity and sport in Cheshire and Warrington. Their mission is to get 50,000 people more active, more often by 2017.
Fallen Angels are a charity who use dance and theatre outreach programmes to work with addicts, people in recovery and the wider community to inspire and support them to make positive choices in their lives. The group meet weekly and have created a relaxed and friendly environment where members can work creatively and supportively together.
The money which Fallen Angels have received from Active Cheshire will enable them to continue rehearsals and preparations for a busy few months ahead. The contemporary dance and drama group are currently preparing for a series of events which include performances locally at Chester recovery Walk Sunday 6th September and World Mental Health Day in October.
The members of Fallen Angels are from varied backgrounds and age groups but all have found that dancing and working on creative projects together has helped show them a pathway to recovery which they couldn’t find through more traditional methods. One of the dancers, Pat Murphy said: “I had given up on myself before I came here but then discovered I was fearless in dance. This is a safe place to be and be yourself and it’s the best thing that’s happened to me. Being here lets you look beyond your problems , allows you to have a normal life and face everyday things. It reconnects you.”
Claire Morris, who runs Fallen Angels said: "We are delighted to have achieved this award from Active Cheshire, thank you for all who voted for us it was wonderful to have so much support for our group". "The funding will help us to reach out to more people in Cheshire and support them to transform their lives.”
Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire said: “I am delighted that we can support Fallen Angels with this Active Anywhere award which is hard won and well deserved. Anyone who has met the group and seen their performances cannot fail to be moved and inspired by them. I’m particularly looking forward to the upcoming performances from the dance group this Autumn to see what they do next.”