Northampton General Hospital staff prepare to dance for charity

Strictly Northampton General Hospital
Strictly Northampton General Hospital

Staff at Northampton General Hospital are swapping their scrubs for sequins as they waltz and salsa their way across the dance floor in aid of charity.

Strictly General Hospital will be taking place at The Deco in Northampton on Saturday, June 14, and contestants are being put through their routines at Step by Step Dance School in Henry Street, Northampton.

Sally-Ann Watts, head of communications at Northampton General Hospital, decided to organise it after seeing nurse Wendy Foster taking part in the Chron Strictly Northampton contest back in 2011.

She has persuaded the hospital staff, including chief executive Dr Sonia Swart, to put themselves in the firing line and learn two set dances – a waltz and a salsa – in just a 
few weeks, before performing in front of the audience at 
The Deco Theatre in Northampton.

But father-of-two, Prashant Kakodkar, 49, one of three anaesthetists competing for the coveted glitter ball trophy said he will be backing a fellow contestant.

“I’m supporting my colleague, Anthea, to win,” he said. “I’m having fun, even though I’ve never danced a single step before, not even at a social gathering. I’m preferring the salsa to the waltz because you can wriggle your hips about.”

Cancer services pharmacist Chris Pratt is not as confident as he was signed up only 
a few weeks ago. He will be dancing with the editor of our sister magazine Image, Ruth Supple.

He will be donating money raised to the hospital’s oncology unit, which needs £350,000 to refurbish it.

Chris, 27, said: “I’m very nervous. I was speaking to one of my friends about it who said it’s the least likely thing I’d ever do and I’d have to agree, but it’s for a very good cause.”

Tickets are £15 and £12.50 concessions.