TWIN brothers who have been struck by a rare illness are receiving much needed help from a Sheldon dance troupe.
Matthew and Thomas Elwell, both aged four, have been diagnosed with Mitochondrial disease - a metabolic condition with no known cure.
Now their mum Tracey is looking to extend the family home, to accommodate a downstairs disabled bathroom and new bedrooms.
Around £10,000 is needed to complete the work and Chelis School of Dance is hoping to raise a sizeable amount with three performances at the Dovehouse Theatre.
Principals Lisa Potter and Cheryl Jeyes have put on a number of charity shows in the past and have been busy preparing for the latest effort.
Lisa said: “We are hoping that the proceeds from this latest venture will make a significant contribution towards the total cost of the upgrade needed for the boys’ home. Last time, the show raised £2,500 and we are really grateful for the support we have had.”
Mitochondrial disease means that the youngsters have defective cells in their bodies. The condition can affect people in different ways and Matthew has already suffered a stroke.
“We hope that the show will be a big success and make a huge difference to the lives of this family, who will never have a chance to do things such as dancing that the rest of us just take for granted,” added Cheryl.
Essence of Dance will be performed at the Dovehouse Theatre, Olton tonight (Friday) and twice tomorrow (with a matinee and evening performance).
Tickets are available from 07752 400542 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.