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Threatened dance trip goes ahead

Dance troupe
The dancers are due to leave for the US on Monday

A dance troupe's trip to the US is back on just days after the money to pay for flights and hotels went missing.

Girls from Bobbi's Academy of Dance in Swindon, Wiltshire, have now raised enough money to make sure Monday's trip goes ahead.

The group had been due to fly out to the international competition in California last week until it was noticed money raised had disappeared.

Amanda Williams, 51, from Swindon, has been charged with fraud.

She was remanded in custody on Saturday after appearing before magistrates in the town accused of the £27,000 fraud between 31 January and 3 April this year.

Free accommodation

The dancers raised £11,000 to pay for flights to the US so they could compete in an international competition.

The organisers waived their entry fee and also gave the dance troupe free accommodation.

Friends, family, neighbours and businesses, including the De Vere Hotel in Swindon, all donated money.

The girls have also donated their £100 spending money to the fund.

One mother, Carol Morris, who has been behind the fundraising efforts, said: "Everyone has been so generous and pitched in, we've managed to get the money together.

"The girls will get there a day late and they'll be tired but they will be there to dance, and that's all they want to do."



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