Maureen’s doing the robot dance at 84 - and we want you to join her for a record attempt

Paul Morgan from Portsmouth Hospitals NHS trust dressed as a robot with Maureen Clark,  84, who has signed up for the Robodance  world record breaking attempt

Paul Morgan from Portsmouth Hospitals NHS trust dressed as a robot with Maureen Clark, 84, who has signed up for the Robodance world record breaking attempt

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PROVING age is no barrier, at 84 years old, Maureen Clark has signed up to take part in a record-breaking robodance attempt.

But Mrs Clark has nothing to fear as she is an experienced dancer.

The retired clerical assistant said: ‘I have loved dancing for years.

‘I used to do ballroom dancing, and about four years ago I started line dancing.

‘I saw the story about the robodance in The News, and thought it would be great to be involved.’

The robodance aims to get 3,000 people in one place and do a robotic dance.

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

‘I’ve had eye operations at QA,’ added Mrs Clark, of Woodfield Avenue, Farlington,.

‘And my husband has had stents put in.

‘The staff are fantastic, and so is the equipment.

‘So if we can help keep the robot here, then it’s better for the hospital and for the patients.

‘I’m 84 and taking part, so don’t let age stand in your way.’

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 marshal will co-ordinate and invigilate.

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

Paul Morgan, head of fundraising at QA, said: ‘I hope people will take inspiration from Maureen and join in.

‘We’ve had a fantastic response, and we welcome more people to take part.’

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 below, or email your name, age, address, contact number and the number of people participating in your group to fundraising@porthosp.nhs.uk

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