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Rickmansworth man Alan Robson's dance challenge in aid of The Hospice of St Francis
A Rickmansworth businessman is about to catch Strictly fever after signing up to a dance competition to raise funds for a charity that cared for his late wife.
Alan Robson and his partner Katrina Bray are among the first to sign up to The Hospice of St Francis’ recently launched "Strictly Learn Dancing extravaganza 2014".
Mr Robson who is chairman of Professional Insurance Advisers (PIA) based in Norfolk Road, Rickmansworth, said: "It’s a great chance to learn a new skill for a fantastic cause."
Mr Robson’s late wife Sue, who grew up in Watford, ran for Watford Harriers and founded PIA in 1992, was cared for both at home and at the hospice in the weeks before she died of brain cancer in February 2011.
The 56-year-old said: "Sue’s time at the hospice and their professionalism and friendliness was very much appreciated. Once a member of staff knew my first name, I was called by it all the time. It’s a simple thing but it’s a very personal touch which struck me at the time and which has stayed with me."
He has already raised £10,000 for the hospice, through PIA, which held a charity golf day at Berkhamsted Golf Club last year.
The hospice is looking for 20 couples to embrace Strictly fever and learn the speedy, rhythmic Samba and the passionate, sensual Argentine Tango in just six weeks.
The competition will culminate in a grand finale for the coveted Strictly Learn Dancing crown on Saturday, March 15 before an audience at The Centenary Hall, Berkhamsted.
Regular Sunday evening training sessions start on Sunday, January 29 at Cavendish School, Hemel Hempstead, with training provided by professional dance teachers Brian & Shirley from Balia-Cusworth Dance School.
All participants are asked to raise a minimum of £400 sponsorship to support the work of the hospice, which provides care, free of charge, for people living with life-limiting illnesses in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Mr Robson said: "We’ll have just got back from a skiing holiday so our ski tans should be in place. I just hope our dancing skills will be up to par by then too."
To sponsor Katrina and Alan, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Alan-Robson1 http://www.justgiving.com/Katrina-Bray1
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