Get dancing for cancer charity

Cancer survivor Jill Pearson, from Randalstown, who is dancing to support cancer patients, pictured with sons Harvey (left) and Jacob.
Cancer survivor Jill Pearson, from Randalstown, who is dancing to support cancer patients, pictured with sons Harvey (left) and Jacob.

Randalstown native Jill Pearson, a bowel cancer survivor, is putting on her dancing shoes to take part in a tv-style charity dance event to raise vital funds for local children affected by cancer.

Cancer Focus NI has teamed up with Ballroom Blitz NI to host its very own sponsored dance extravaganza and the charity is looking for male toe-tappers to sign up and join a team of lady contestants. They will be taught how to strut their stuff by professional ballroom dance teachers.

All the money raised will go towards the Cancer Focus NI family support service, which supports families when a mum, dad or grandparent has cancer.

One of the first to take up the challenge was 46-year-old Randalstown native, Jill, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer just over eight years ago when she was living in Prague but came home after surgery where her extended family could support her.

“My experience made me wonder what people would do if they didn’t have that sort of support. When I heard about the Cancer Focus NI family support service I thought this would be a fabulous cause to raise money for,” said Jill, who is urging everyone to get on board.

Training starts on April 4 at Redburn Community Centre, Holywood. Anyone who’d like to sign up or wants more information can contact fundraising@cancerfocusni.org