Dance school boss opens up for charity

PUBLISHED: 11:05 27 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:05 06 May 2010

Peter Abbott hands over the cheque to Alyson Stapleton of Open Door

Peter Abbott hands over the cheque to Alyson Stapleton of Open Door

AN OVERHEARD conversation persuaded a businessman to pick a night shelter for the homeless as his charity of choice. Since then the pupils of his dance school have helped him raise more than £2,000 for Open Door, the emergency night shelter in Bricket Roa

AN OVERHEARD conversation persuaded a businessman to pick a night shelter for the homeless as his charity of choice.

Since then the pupils of his dance school have helped him raise more than £2,000 for Open Door, the emergency night shelter in Bricket Road, St Albans.

Peter Abbott, who runs And123 dance school, recently presented their latest gift - a cheque for £700 - to Open Door's services manager Alyson Stapleton. The money will be used to buy an industrial-strength washing machine for the shelter.

Mr Abbott, of Bedford Road, St Albans, said: "I found out about Open Door when I overheard some of their clients discussing it in St Albans library one morning. They seemed hugely grateful for the facility.

"We were about to have our Christmas party and I just decided to give the takings to Open Door. We've done it a few times now and I'm sure we will again. I'm lucky to make a living doing something I enjoy and I enjoy the charity nights even more."

Ms Stapleton said the last donation helped to convert the attic of their building for everyday use and the latest cheque would pay for the replacement of one of the three washing machines. She added: "With 16 lots of bedding to wash every day they get a lot of use.

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