START Hospices Programme at Northern Ballet supported by The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts Northern Ballet has been running a project in partnership with Martin House Children's Hospice in Wetherby. The project has given young people with progressive life-limiting illnesses, and their families, the opportunity to experience and take part in high quality arts activities which they may not usually have access to.
Friday was a day of recovery for the Learning team as the START project came to an end for another year. On Thursday we had 550 young people (plus their teachers) watching the performance of Madame Butterfly at Leeds Grand Theatre and the atmosphere in the theatre was electric.
The START project enables young people, who wouldn't normally have the opportunity to access the arts, to take part in dance activities and to visit local theatres. “ 'This is one of the best projects that I have ever been involved in and I have been teaching for 30 years!'