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St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly Come Dancing

PUBLISHED: 17:37 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 17:37 17 November 2016

St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly.

St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly.

Hospice patients are picking up their scoring paddles as carers take to the stage in a Strictly-style dance competition.

St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly. Different dance schools coming in throughout that week every afternoon, teaching patients, volunteers and staff different dances.
They will spend a bit of time teaching everyone bits about the dances and some moves, and then pairs of staff and volunteers (4 couples a day) will be given a 1 hour lesson on a dance, before they then perform for the patients who will then score them out of ten – like they do on Strictly. Centre is Nikki Brown.St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly. Different dance schools coming in throughout that week every afternoon, teaching patients, volunteers and staff different dances. They will spend a bit of time teaching everyone bits about the dances and some moves, and then pairs of staff and volunteers (4 couples a day) will be given a 1 hour lesson on a dance, before they then perform for the patients who will then score them out of ten – like they do on Strictly. Centre is Nikki Brown.

Each day this week a different dance school has been at St Elizabeth Hospice day centre in Ipswich to teach a one-hour class on the basics of Cha Cha, Jive, Charleston, Waltz and Salsa.

At the end of each session, four pairs of staff and volunteers performed for the patients who then scored them out of 10 – just as the judges do on Strictly Come Dancing.

St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly. Different dance schools coming in throughout that week every afternoon, teaching patients, volunteers and staff different dances.
They will spend a bit of time teaching everyone bits about the dances and some moves, and then pairs of staff and volunteers (4 couples a day) will be given a 1 hour lesson on a dance, before they then perform for the patients who will then score them out of ten – like they do on Strictly. Left to right, Jess Gray and Zoe Storey.St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly. Different dance schools coming in throughout that week every afternoon, teaching patients, volunteers and staff different dances. They will spend a bit of time teaching everyone bits about the dances and some moves, and then pairs of staff and volunteers (4 couples a day) will be given a 1 hour lesson on a dance, before they then perform for the patients who will then score them out of ten – like they do on Strictly. Left to right, Jess Gray and Zoe Storey.

Tomorrow, five finalist couples will compete for the trophy.

Kathryn Barber, day care sister at St Elizabeth Hospice, thanked The Lait School, Cowling Dance Academy, Ipswich School of Dance and DanceVibe for taking part.

St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly. Different dance schools coming in throughout that week every afternoon, teaching patients, volunteers and staff different dances.
They will spend a bit of time teaching everyone bits about the dances and some moves, and then pairs of staff and volunteers (4 couples a day) will be given a 1 hour lesson on a dance, before they then perform for the patients who will then score them out of ten – like they do on Strictly. Left to right, Jemma Wood and Patrick Otter.St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly. Different dance schools coming in throughout that week every afternoon, teaching patients, volunteers and staff different dances. They will spend a bit of time teaching everyone bits about the dances and some moves, and then pairs of staff and volunteers (4 couples a day) will be given a 1 hour lesson on a dance, before they then perform for the patients who will then score them out of ten – like they do on Strictly. Left to right, Jemma Wood and Patrick Otter.

She added: “We work hard to make sure that people who are living with a progressive illness are enabled to live their life to the full.

“Sometimes that is through therapy input and help from our doctors and nurses, but it is also about 
creating special memories and moments.

St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly. Different dance schools coming in throughout that week every afternoon, teaching patients, volunteers and staff different dances.
They will spend a bit of time teaching everyone bits about the dances and some moves, and then pairs of staff and volunteers (4 couples a day) will be given a 1 hour lesson on a dance, before they then perform for the patients who will then score them out of ten – like they do on Strictly. St Elizabeth Hospice does Strictly. Different dance schools coming in throughout that week every afternoon, teaching patients, volunteers and staff different dances. They will spend a bit of time teaching everyone bits about the dances and some moves, and then pairs of staff and volunteers (4 couples a day) will be given a 1 hour lesson on a dance, before they then perform for the patients who will then score them out of ten – like they do on Strictly.

“The ‘hospice does Strictly’ week has brought staff, volunteers and patients together to create a wonderful event for our patients and a real sense of community.”

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