Nottinghamshire Hospice

Adding Life to Days

Beat the January Blues and Learn to Dance!

The excitement of the festive period is over, and now we’re into a new year, you might think that January would be a time of doom and gloom – but not here at the Hospice!

This month sees the return of our Strictly Learn to Dance competition, the ultimate January blues buster! Whether you want to learn a new skill, impress friends and family with your moves at your wedding or just dance away the dark days of winter, it’s the perfect challenge to set yourself as a New Year’s resolution for 2017.

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Strictly Learn to Dance 2017

Nottinghamshire Hospice’s 10th series of Strictly Learn to Dance kicks off on Tuesday 31st January 2017 at the Roy and Mary Knight Dance Studio in Hockley. After ten weeks of Waltz and Cha-Cha lessons, up to ten couples will showcase their newly learnt skills during the Grand Final on Saturday 8th April at ‘The Space’ (The Squire Performing Arts Centre). The competition will be for the 2017 title and much celebrated “Glitter Ball’ trophy!

Not only does the Strictly event give you the chance to follow in the footsteps of Ed Balls and Louise Redknapp on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing, but you’ll also be raising vital funds for people across Nottinghamshire in need of our care services.

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Taking part makes a difference

January is a hard time for anyone, but if you’ve been told your illness cannot be cured, the days can seem even shorter and darker. By taking part in our Strictly competition, you’ll be directly supporting compassionate care for local people with life-limiting illnesses, whether in the familiarity of their own homes or in our sociable Day Therapy Centre near Mapperley.

All we ask is that you raise £250 by asking friends, family and colleagues to sponsor your challenge, and sell ten tickets to the Grand Final, so they can come and watch all of your hard work pay off!

Horace Evans, who took part in a previous Strictly Learn to Dance competition, said:

“The whole experience was exhilarating, worthwhile, engrossing, emotionally draining at times, yet all worth the intense effort. The cause behind the ‘glitz and glamour’ resulted in a huge amount being raised, which made it personally satisfying for me and Angela. I hope the success of Strictly Learn to Dance continues to advance over the years with many more joining the dancing ranks.”

The event has raised an amazing £40,000 to support the Hospice over the last few years. Every year Nottinghamshire Hospice has to raise £2.7 million to provide palliative care across the county – that’s over £7,000 a day. Access to Day Therapy, Hospice at Home and Bereavement services for our patients and their families is free of charge and is only made possible through the generous support of the community through events like this.

Places are filling up fast but there are still a few available; to register visit or call the fundraising team on 0115 910 1008.