TWO sensational spinners from St Andrew’s Hospice will channel their inner Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman as they prepare to take on a 24-hour “dance-a-thon” challenge.
Lorrett McCutcheon and Claire Dalgleish will be on their feet from 7pm on Saturday, November 7, until 7pm the next day in a fabulous fundraiser that will be streamed live on the hospice’s Facebook page.
The marvellous movers, who both work in the Airdrie hospice’s fundraising team, were inspired to get involved in all things Cha Cha after watching Strictly Come Dancing duo Daly and Winkleman’s dance-a-thon for Comic Relief last year.
Lorrett and Claire will be joined on the live stream by special guests including the Airdrie-based Pamela Logan School of Dance – and they would love members of the Monklands public to get involved too.
To feature during the challenge, people can send a video of them busting their best moves to the hospice’s Facebook page.
There will also be an opportunity to request songs for Lorrett and Claire to dance to throughout the challenge; all they ask is that you make a donation to the hospice by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lorrett-mccutcheonclaire-dalgleish or texting SAMBA followed by your gift amount to 70085 (e.g SAMBA5 to donate £5).
Lorrett explained why she wanted to take to the dancefloor for the hospice, saying: “Being an only child, my life revolved around my mum and dad. They were my safety blanket, my everything.
“Very suddenly I lost my dad when I was 13 and my world was shattered and it was my mum who got me through with her amazing love and support; she was my rock and the hand behind my back supporting me every day.
“My mum was then diagnosed with terminal cancer and, again, the world was a scary place.
“This is where St Andrew’s Hospice stepped in and supported mum and I. Through their kindness and care, we were able to enjoy her last moments and create memories that I can hold dear in my heart.
“They even organised a birthday party for me where my mum and I could celebrate together and just feel normal for the day bringing lots of laughter.
“Thanks to their specialist care, she managed to attend my cousin’s wedding, which was one of her final wishes. They even organised transportation to Bathgate and for a nurse to be by her side throughout.
“The world is a crazy place right now but St Andrew’s Hospice has been here throughout; a steady ship supporting patients and their families and allowing them to create their own special memories, but they need our help.
“I will be forever in their debt and that’s why I must take on this challenge.”
The hospice holds a special place in Claire’s heart too, who said: “Every Friday when I was growing up, my nanny had a bonus ball competition. Fifty pence would go into a tin and the other 50p would go into the winner’s pot. When that tin was full, those 50ps made their way to St Andrew’s Hospice.
“As far back as I can remember, I have been supporting the hospice in some way, shape or form and now that I work here, I am proud to say I do it each and every day.
“It’s time to practise what I preach. That and burn enough calories to reward myself with a kebab or two!”
Visit https://www.facebook.com/StAndrewsHospice1/ to view the dance-a-thon on November 7/8.