Don’t paso doble this fundrais­ing chance

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

PEO­PLE can put on their danc­ing shoes and take part in a com­pe­ti­tion while rais­ing cash for char­ity.

The Hospice of St Fran­cis is look­ing for 20 cou­ples who are up for the chal­lenge of learn­ing to dance the Paso Doble and the Charleston as part of its 2015 Strictly Learn Danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

As part of the chal­lenge, cou­ples will en­joy six weeks of ex­pert dance tu­ition from pro­fes­sional dance teach­ers, with lessons start­ing in Hemel Hemp­stead in Jan­uary.

The chal­lenge cul­mi­nates in the glit­ter­ing Strictly Learn Danc­ing Grand Fi­nale on Satur­day, March 14, at Cen­te­nary Hall in Berkham­sted.

Alan Rob­son, 56, from Ash­ley Green, and his part­ner Ka­t­rina Bray, 43, from Che­sham, took part in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion to give some­thing back after Mr Rob­son’s late wife Sue was given “in­valu­able” care both at home and in the hospice be­fore she died in Fe­bru­ary 2011. The cou­ple raised £2,230. Richard McQuil­liam and Caro­line Reid, of Ger­main Street, Che­sham, also took part.

Mr McQuil­liam said: “We just loved ev­ery sec­ond of it. We were ner­vous at first but ev­ery­one was so sup­port­ive and re­ally put us at ease.”

This is the fifth year of the com­pe­ti­tion with the past four years rais­ing more than £100,000 for the hospice.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. stfran­cis.org.uk/strictly or call 01442 869 555.

Pho­tos con­trib­uted

SHARP AND QUICK: (Above) Alan Rob­son, 56, from Ash­ley Green, and his part­ner Ka­t­rina Bray, 43, from Che­sham, took part in last year’s Strictly Learn Danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion; (right) Richard McQuil­liam and Caro­line Reid from Che­sham took part in last year’s Strictly Learn Danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion

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