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Dance students perform flash mob to raise money for Diabetes UK

A talented group of dance students from SGS College are performing a show stopping flash mob in Bristol to raise money for Diabetes UK.

The eight level three Extended Diploma dance students, aged between 17 and 24, will wow shoppers with a routine to 'Little Mix Black Magic' in the first of eight flash mob events taking place across Bristol at The Mall Bristol shopping centre and Bristol shopping quarter. The students are hoping to collect donations with a bucket collection at this event and hope to raise a significant amount for Diabetes UK. 

Julie Hembrough, work placement coach at SGS College said: “The tutors and students has been working tirelessly to devise a flash mob routine that will be uplifting, entertaining and bespoke to this event.

“We all feel extremely passionate about the fantastic work of Diabetes UK and want to do all we can to raise funds and the profile of the charity.”

Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity that campaigns on behalf of all people affected by and at risk of diabetes. It is also the leading charitable funder of diabetes research in the UK, investing around £7 million every year to bring about life-changing breakthroughs in care, treatment and prevention.

In the UK, there are more than 4.5 million people who have diabetes. About 10 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 1. People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. It is a lifelong condition which usually affects children and young adults, and which cannot as yet be prevented or cured. It is treated by daily insulin doses. People with Type 2 diabetes don’t produce enough insulin or the insulin they produce doesn’t work properly. Some 85 to 90 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 2. Their family history, age and ethnic background may put them at increased risk. They are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if they are overweight. It starts gradually, usually later in life and can sometimes be prevented or treated with a healthy diet and increased physical activity. In addition, tablets and/or insulin can be required. 

Phaedra Perry, regional head at Diabetes UK, said: “Thank you so much to the students from SGS who are performing an absolutely brilliant flash mob dance for us in Bristol. It takes a lot of courage to do something like that and the students show confidence, passion and a lot of talent!

“The support of everyone involved is very much appreciated and all funds will go towards continuing to offer our vital service to those who need us.”

For more information on all aspects of diabetes and access to Diabetes UK activities and services, visit