Hospice needs more dancers

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The closing date for entries into a charity dancing competition has been extended in a bid to entice more people to take to the dance floor.

The Berkhamsted-based Hospice of St Francis so far has seven couples signed up to its Strictly Learn Dancing event.

But more are needed to ensure cash is raked in for the cause which is facing a cash crisis that could force the closure of its day hospice.

Those that like the limelight or would like to try something different have until Friday, December 16 to register.

Competitors will learn the waltz and jive with the help of professional dancers over six weeks before taking centre stage in a grand finale in front of a judging panel and audience on February 25.

The contest is open to anyone who is not a professional dancer and priority will be given to couples who sign up together.

Dancers are asked to raise £400 in sponsorship - last year the event raked in £40,000 for the cause. See how the dancers got on at www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr2t0DGgSKY

To find out more about the fundraiser and how to sign up visit www.stfrancis.org.uk