Ready to rock and roll for the Rowans!

Staff at Gamma Business Communications intend to 'Dance the night away' at a Dance-A-Thon on Saturday evening in aid of The Rowans Hospice ''(left to right) Michelle Snowden (29), Hannah McKay (26), Emma Wiggins (33), Kelly Billing (28), Claire Coote (32), and Megan Anderson (29)''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133241-0047)
Staff at Gamma Business Communications intend to 'Dance the night away' at a Dance-A-Thon on Saturday evening in aid of The Rowans Hospice ''(left to right) Michelle Snowden (29), Hannah McKay (26), Emma Wiggins (33), Kelly Billing (28), Claire Coote (32), and Megan Anderson (29)''''Picture: Malcolm Wells (133241-0047)
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THEY’RE off to an athletic start as they warm up for a six-hour dance marathon.

A team of 10 colleagues who work at Gamma Business Communications, Segensworth, have entered the fundraising event.

The Dance-a-thon raises money for The Rowans Hospice.

Emma Wiggins, 33, took part in the event last year and was eager to take part again.

The mobile account specialist said: ‘The reason why I did it last year was because a couple of my dad’s friends have been cared for by the hospice.

‘I took part and it was fantastic, plus a lot of money was raised.

‘I told the girls in the office, and they decided to take part this year as well.’

And the team of 10 have had no trouble bringing in the cash.

So far they have raised £1,300 in sponsorship.

Kelly Billing, 28, is part of the team.

She said: ‘We decided to dress in an 80s theme for a bit of fun.

‘The night has a purple theme, so we have added that into our outfits.

‘We are all really excited to be taking part.’

Last year 400 people took part, and raised £20,000 for the Purbrook-hospice.

This year’s event is being held at Portsmouth Football Club, on Saturday.

Ali Corbett, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: ‘We are thrilled Portsmouth Football Club is hosting the second Dance-a-thon.

‘Last year was great fun and we know this year is going to be even better.

‘We have six energetic dance styles being led by six enthusiastic dance teachers, so we hope many more corporate teams will take up the challenge to dance the night away.

‘By entering as a team, not only do you benefit from encouragement and support, you can tag in and out if you need a rest.’

The Dance-a-thon runs from 6pm to midnight, with 
50 minutes for each dance style.

For more information, visit rowanshospice.co.uk