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Pals pair for dance
TWO friends who have known each other for more than 30 years have chosen to get together to take part in Prospect Hospice’s annual dance-themed challenge, Let’s Dance.
Gaye Blackmore, 52, from Wroughton, and Kevin McSherry, 62, from Old Town, will over eight weeks’ worth of dance lessons be learning the steps they will need to master to compete in the fundraiser’s grand finale at the end of November, at the MECA.
Practice nurse Gaye has some limited experience of dancing, having taken lessons in Ceroc – a fusion of jive and salsa – in recent years.
Retired project manager Kevin is, by his own admission, a complete novice.
Gaye loves TV’s Strictly Come Dancing, however, while Kevin takes inspiration for taking part from his late father, who loved to dance.
“My dad was a fantastic dancer,” said Kevin.
“He was very light on his feet, and went dancing regularly to live dance bands from the age of 16.
“Have I inherited his skills? I’ve no idea, but when Gaye said that she wanted to take part in Prospect Hospice’s Let’s Dance, but that she needed a partner, I thought, why not? I am very much looking forward to it.”
Gaye claims never to have done any serious dancing in the past, but is looking forward to mastering her steps in the Friday evening lessons leading up to the big presentation dance that will be the centrepiece of all the participants’ performance on the big night on November 22.
“I wouldn’t say that we are necessarily in it to win, but we want to have a lot of fun with it and for people to come along and support us,” said Gaye.
Lessons start at the end of September and there are still places left for people who want to be contestants, so get in touch as the team would love to hear from you.
To register or find out more, visit www.prospect-hospice.net/letsdance or call the fundraising team on 01793 816161. Supporters of Gaye and Kevin can sponsor them by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/GayeAndKevinsLetsDance.
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