Legend Mick is right behind the robodance

Paul Morgan, head of fundraising for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and Mick Lyons, appeals coordinator for The Rocky Appeal. Picture: Martyn Roberts
Paul Morgan, head of fundraising for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and Mick Lyons, appeals coordinator for The Rocky Appeal. Picture: Martyn Roberts

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IT’S the final piece in the jigsaw to bring keyhole surgery at Queen Alexandra Hospital in into the futuristic age.

For years, Mick Lyons has spearheaded The Rocky Appeal, which has raised millions of pounds for the Cosham hospital.

The latest project has seen the introduction of three keyhole theatres.

And now he’s backing a world record-breaking attempt robodance to raise money and awareness of the Da Vinci robot.

Mr Lyons said: ‘I want people to have the best service and equipment that’s available and that’s why I started the appeal.

‘It’s important we get this robot as then we will be ahead of the game.

‘I encourage people to take part in the dance.’

The hospital needs to raise £2.4m to keep the robot, and it is hoped the robodance will bring in plenty of money.

The current world record stands at 2,524 people and is held by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

The robodance record-breaking attempt takes place on Friday, November 22, from 3pm to 4.30pm, at HMS Temeraire in Burnaby Road, Portsmouth.

People need to pre-register and a nominal fee of £3 per person has been suggested as a registration cost.

Dancers will be broken up into groups of 50, where a marshall will co-ordinate and invigilate.

The attempt will officially start at 4.15pm, but people need to be present from 3.30pm in order to be signed off and take part in warm-ups.

As previously reported, the Da Vinci robot is a hi-tech remote-controlled device, which means surgeons can work more precisely and with more manoeuvrability than by using traditional surgery methods.