Warwick Tap is one of Britain’s longest running dance societies run by students, at the University of Warwick.
Each year, the group selects a local charity to support, and we’re so grateful to be their chosen charity for 2022.
In February this year, society members organised a week of fundraising events for Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire, including a nine-hour Tap Marathon, a pub quiz, a bucket collection and a dance Skills Swap event.
The week culminated in one of the biggest events in the society’s annual calendar: ‘Pizazz’. This is the university’s largest dance showcase organised by Warwick Tap, which brings together hundreds of dancers from over thirteen other societies. This production, alongside the other fundraising efforts, has raised £1797.18 for our homelessness charity.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Warwick Tap. All the money raised will help us to continue our work supporting people to move forward with their lives after experiencing homelessness.
Speaking about the fundraising, Grace Chitty from Warwick Tap said: “We choose a different charity every year. I visited Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire back in January to find out about their work. I came away very enthusiastic and eager to raise as much as possible to help them. Homelessness is something that really matters to me personally, so I was very pleased we were able to do this for them.”
Since opening our doors in 1993, Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire has grown considerably. We provide a home and meaningful work for 17 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. Some stay for a while as they gain confidence and skills before they are ready to move on to independent living, while others are in need of longer-term support and are able to stay for as long as they need to. Those being supported help to run our social enterprises, including a second-hand furniture shop on Coventry’s Red Lane, to help fund the charity’s work.