Let’s dance! Hospital launches world record bid

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PETER Crouch famously strutted his robotic moves on the football pitch.

And now people in the Portsmouth area are being asked to throw some shapes and take part in a record-breaking attempt to get as many people doing the robot dance in one place.

Cyril Gough a Patient Services Assistant watches as Head of Fundraising Paul Morgan  dons  his robodance outfit'' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132789-5120)

Cyril Gough a Patient Services Assistant watches as Head of Fundraising Paul Morgan dons his robodance outfit'' ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132789-5120)

The bid is all in aid of raising money and awareness of the £2.4m Da Vinci robot, which is in use at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

Paul Morgan is head of fundraising for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA.

Dressed as a robot, Mr Morgan has already got people talking about the cause.

He said: ‘The idea behind the dance is to increase awareness of the robot and create a bit of fun around it.

‘The aim is to get 3,000 people together in one site, and do the robot dance for five minutes.

‘Cheerleaders from the University of Portsmouth will be leading the dance.

‘We really want to see loads of schools, businesses, colleges and people get on board.’

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 coordinate 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.

‘This is a really fun and great way to be part of a world record, and make a difference to our hospital and the services we provide to patients,’ added Mr Morgan.

‘We want people to support a world-class robot and help fundraise to keep it in Portsmouth.’

As 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. QA is the only hospital in the UK to use the robot for multiple procedures.

Surgeons have 3D views and can get to hard-to-reach areas in the body, such as the prostate, oesophagus and rectum, more easily, leaving minimal scarring and pain for the patient.

The five areas the robot is being used in at QA is upper gastrointestinal (GI), urology, colorectal, gynaecology and head and neck.

To register for the robodance, fill out the form on page 3 of The News today, or e-mail your name, age, address, contact number and the number of people participating in your group to fundraising@porthosp.nhs.uk