INSPIRED by the memory of her grandad, Kerry Chambers is putting on her dancing shoes for a good cause.
The 34-year-old will be showing her moves from 6pm until midnight on Saturday to raise money for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.
Her grandad, John Horn, who suffered with cancer, was cared for by the hospice in 2009 before he died in July that year.
‘We’re a big family and we had four days solid when we were by his bedside and the hospice didn’t mind,’ explained Kerry, of Solent View, Portchester.
‘Nothing was too much trouble and they provided amazing care and gave him dignity towards the end of his life.’
In total, 150 people have signed up to take part in the dance-a-thon at Portsmouth Guildhall, with more expected on the day.
Participants will do a different dance style each hour, beginning with disco, before moving on to line-dancing, lindyhop, the You Can’t Stop the Beat routine from the musical Hairspray, salsa, and finally a Zumba-style group exercise.
Amanda Mahoney, communications manager for The Rowans Hospice in Purbrook, said: ‘It’s fantastic that Kerry wants to raise money for us and it’s her way of saying thank you which is important.’
Charity events like the dance-a-thon are a crucial source of funding for the hospice, as Amanda explained.
‘Without the local community the hospice wouldn’t be able to provide its services free of charge.’
As a programme manager for Zurich Community Trust, which raises money for local charities, Kerry has participated in many fund raising events and will be cycling 123 miles from Fareham to London at the end of May.
She is particularly pleased to help raise money for the hospice: ‘It’s something to give back and say thank you.’
Kerry’s just giving page can be found at justgiving.com/Kerry-Chambers