Youngsters show off their moves for the robodance

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THIS crowd braved the weather and showed what community spirit is all about.

Around 30 pupils from Arundel Court Primary School, in Northam Street, Landport, went along to HMS Temeraire yesterday afternoon, to support the robodance.

Paul Morgan, head of fundraising at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, leading the Robodance.''Picture: Sarah Standing (133203-4725)

Paul Morgan, head of fundraising at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, leading the Robodance.''Picture: Sarah Standing (133203-4725)

They were joined by other youngsters and readers of The News, to help raise awareness and money for the Da Vinci robot, which is at the Queen Alexandra Hospital.

But despite the attempt being cancelled on the day, participants were happy to get their groove on regardless.

Jo Coney, a Year 3 teacher at Arundel Court, said: ‘We had pupils from Year 3 to Year 5.

‘It’s about supporting our local community and the hospital.

‘Some of the children have had major surgery at QA, so it was a good way of showing support.

‘We are glad to back this event.’

A five-minute dance routine has been created by Portsmouth group Most Wanted.

Arundel Court pupil, Pip Collins White, nine, said: ‘The dance is really fun and energetic.

‘It’s simple and easy to follow, so lots of people can take part in it.’

The world record-attempt has been postponed and a date for it to take place next year will be announced.

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

Paul, who is organising the event, said: ‘I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out today.

‘You will have seen the surgical Da Vinci robot and heard about how good it is.

‘But to keep it in Portsmouth, we will need to raise money for it.

‘I look forward to the attempt next year, and want the community to back it.’

The £2.4m robot has greater movement, is more precise and leaves less scarring.