THE dancing feet of about 240 youngsters have helped raise a huge total for a good cause.

Dunbar School of Dancing has run a Christmas show each year for the last 16 years.

On each occasion, youngsters aged between three and 17 have wowed their audience, with money raised going to the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity.

This festive season’s performances, which took place over three days between December 7 and 9 at Dunbar Grammar School, collected a total of £3,433.33.

That takes the fundraising total over the last 16 years to more than £34,000.

Julie Friar, principal at the dance school, which is based in the town’s Hallhill Sports Centre, was delighted with the success of the event once again.

She said: “I’ve been so impressed with how hard everyone has worked this year and was amazed at how fast the tickets sold.

“I’m so grateful to all the ex-pupils and parents who give up their time to help make the show possible, and I’m so proud of all my dancers.

“We’ve had a fantastic two weekends of rehearsals and shows and I hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as I have.”

Funds raised this year will go to a series of interactive projectors, which will provide distraction for children and young people on the wards and in waiting areas, the dental suite and anaesthetic treatment rooms.

Each projector will display on walls and ceilings changeable and moving images “to intrigue, excite, surprise and calm” children in hospital.

According to the charity: “The projectors will give young patients a practical way to control their immediate environment when all else is seemingly outside of their control. By helping to fund a projector you are helping children in the most clinical of environments engage, relax, have fun with others and distract from pain or worries.”

All images by Alex Hennessey, proprietor, The Ron Taylor Studio.