A mum has praised contestants in this year’s Celebrity Just Dance who will bravely waltz their way around the dance floor to support MK’s children’s hospice.
Tina Greene’s daughter, Megan Harris, two, was left brain damaged after being deprived of oxygen at birth.
She now depends on the nurses at Keech Hospice Care, which Tina says has been a “lifeline” for her family.
But with the cost of running Keech for just one day totalling a staggering £13,000 – the hospice relies on the public’s genorosity to keep afloat.
In just under four weeks time, MK celebrities – including Iain Stewart MP, MK Dons director John Cove and Citizen reporter Amanda Devlin – will don their dancing shoes for Celebrity Just Dance to raise funds for Keech Hospice Care. Tina said: “The support Keech gives us is a lifeline.
“The fact it’s a charity and relies on 70 per cent of its funding every year to come from people fundraising is astonishing.
“That’s why I’m so proud our local faces are doing their bit and I encourage everyone to support them and Keech.”
Despite nerves in rehearsals as the big day edges ever closer, Dons’ John Cove says that the money he hopes to raise for Keech will make it all worthwhile.
He said: “When you see and hear about the struggles families and children in Milton Keynes go through, I wanted to get involved and raise as much money as I can for this fantastic local charity. I’ve also learnt some new fancy footwork in the process.
“The whole team’s behind me, the boys are giving me some banter in the way only footballers can.”
Iain Stewart MP said: “The training is going well despite having two left feet.
“Megan is one reason why it’s so important to support hospices such as Keech. I am delighted to be able to show my support for Keech through Celebrity Just Dance and I hope we can all raise a substantial amount that will go on to make a real difference to children and their families’ lives.
Tina added: “Although life isn’t how we had planned, being able to come to Keech has allowed us to have a ‘normal life’.
“Megan gets so much from it and we meet other parents who understand our experiences.”
After weeks of training, the twinkle-toed celebrities will perform in front of thousands of people on the big night, showingshow off their new-found dancing skills with three dances – the Tango, Samba and a show dance.
> Celebrity Just Dance is organised by Accursio Romeo of JustDance Academy Ltd and co-organisers Alan & Charlie Dugard of Bury Farm Equestrian in Leighton Buzzard where the event will be held on November 28.
> For tickets visit www.celebrityjustdance.co.uk