Sore feet for Rowans Hospice after six-hour dance

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FUNDRAISERS cha-cha-cha’d their way through Saturday night into Sunday morning with a six-hour dance-a-thon which raised £9,000 for The Rowans Hospice.

Around 100 dancers took part in the activity which was led by instructors on the stage of the Victory Bar at Fratton Park.

The ''Rowans dance-a-thon at The Victory Bar at Fratton Park. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (133299-2)

The ''Rowans dance-a-thon at The Victory Bar at Fratton Park. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (133299-2)

Over the evening six styles including belly dancing, line dancing and Zumba were spread out in hour-long sessions from 6pm until midnight. Drinks and food were available for weary dancers as well as foot massages.

Ruth White, chief executive of the hospice, said: ‘It’s a real marathon, a real challenge, and everyone who is doing it is trying to raise a minimum of £50 to support the work of The Rowans Hospice which supports people whose lives are going to be shortened by illness and disease, their families, their friends and the supportive service that helps them through bereavement.

‘Of course times are hard and we know it’s difficult raising sponsorship, but this event also raises awareness. There are some fantastic costumes, people are all dressed up in purple, and it is something people are going to be talking about for a while.’