‘After my cancer battle, I’ve got reason to dance’

Anne and Carl Rodgers are taking part in the Strictly Learn Dancing 2012 event for the Hospice of St Francis.
Anne and Carl Rodgers are taking part in the Strictly Learn Dancing 2012 event for the Hospice of St Francis.
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AFTER spending the last year battling breast cancer, learning to dance should be a walk in the park for Anne Rodgers.

The mum of one is among the 20 couples who will be taking to the dance floor later this month to bring in cash for the Hospice of St Francis through the charity’s Strictly Learn Dancing event.

“Last year was all focused on breast cancer so it is quite nice to think about something else,” said Anne.

The 48 year old, who is dancing with husband of 18 years Carl, was diagnosed with the disease in October 2010, which meant she needed a full mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Despite the gruelling treatment, Anne who works as a PA to the chief executive at good cause Brain Tumour UK, did not take one day off sick during her chemotherapy.

“I found it worked for me that I got out of bed every day, however pants I felt, and got on with working.

“I was dealing with people that were a lot sicker than me. I just like to keep going,” she said.

The dancing challenge is the first attempt at regular exercise since Anne completed her cancer treatment.

She said: “I’m finding it quite tiring but I just sit down and have a bit of a rest.

“Since I have had chemo my concentration isn’t as good as it used to be - unless it’s just me getting older.”

Husband Carl, 47, is a willing dance partner, even though Anne keeps trying to take the lead.

“We are practising a lot at home,” said Anne, who lives in Chesham with her family.

“He gets really frustrated with me because I keep trying to lead.

“He is game for a laugh. He seems to be enjoying it.

“Our daughter Lara thinks it’s funny. She finds it quite funny when we are practising in the living room.

“She raises her eyebrows like a typical 14 year old.”

The couple are hoping to rake in cash for the Berkhamsted-based hospice, which has helped some of their friends.

Anne said: “There are people I know that have spent time there.

“It is a local charity and they desperately need the money because they have had to close their day service and the hospice isn’t funded by the government.”

You can sponsor Anne and Carl at www.justgiving.com/Anne-and-Carl-Rodgers

l Hospice dancers are now half way through their training for the big night - Saturday, February 25 - when they will take to the stage at the Centenary Hall in Berkhamsted.

l Tickets to the event, which are selling fast, cost £15 and can be purchased by calling 01442 869555 or email fran.martin@stfrancis.org.uk

l See how Victoria is coping with her dancing lessons on page 14 today