Why Market Harborough show will help hospital’s baby unit

Amy and Jamie today
Amy and Jamie today

Almost three years ago, dance school leader Amy Millett was a scared woman. Rushed into Kettering General Hospital, she had given birth to a baby who was seven weeks premature.

“It was a horrible time” recalls Amy (25), who lives in Market Harborough and runs Miss Amy’s Academy of Dance (MAAD).

Miss Amy's Academy of Dance  (MAAD) get ready for the show

Miss Amy's Academy of Dance (MAAD) get ready for the show

“I was receiving all these baby clothes as presents and instead of being thankful, I was thinking ‘is my son ever going to be able to wear this?’”

Two years and nine months on, her son Jamie Hillier is absolutely fine - in fact he’s the youngest performer in Amy’s first ever dance school 
showcase.

And some of the profits from the show will be going to Kettering General Hospital’s baby care unit.

Almost all the school’s 200 students will be in the show, which is the Academy’s first ever showcase.

The show’s in two halves - Alice In Wonderland and Pop Icons. It will be at Welland Park Academy’s Octagonal Hall on Thursday, November 26, Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 at 6pm. There’s also a 1pm matinee performance on Saturday.

Tickets are available from Jessica Mary Flowers at 11, Abbey Street, Market Harborough, which is next door to the dance school’s base at the St John’s Ambulance Hall.

“All the money from the raffle and the programme sales will go to the hospital” explained Amy. “I owe my son’s life to them.

“He was in hospital for 16 days, and weighed four pounds 12 ozs when he was born.

“But the doctors and nurses made it much easier for us. I always felt my child was having the best care possible.”

Market Harborough born-and-bred Amy knows exactly what she wants the money to be used for.

“I hope it will go towards the parents’ room, because when my husband David Hillier and I were there, we really appreciated it.”