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WATCH: Dancing Grannies open hospice orangery

The Black Country's very own Dancing Grannies were on hand to open a new hospice facility and bring some pre-Christmas joy to patients.


Made up of Fizzog Theatre Production's Deb Nicholls, Sue Hawkins and Jackie Fellows, the dancing trio cut the ribbon to officially open Compton Hospice's new orangery on Thursday.

Grace Ruston, PR and Marketing Officer for the hospice, said: "Every Christmas we always try to put on a timetable of Christmas activities and entertainment – when we asked our patients who they would like to see at the hospice this Christmas there was a resounding call for The Dancing Grannies to join us.

"Many of our patients have enjoyed watching videos of the group performing their comical dance routines and commented on how fantastic it would be to see the ladies performing live. They were very excited to see them."

During their visit, which went 'fantastically well', the Dancing Grannies performed the routine for about 50 patients and their families, and hospice staff.

Mrs Ruston said: "Afterwards they spent a good hour and a half here chatting to patients and getting to know them. They said it absolutely made their Christmas and was the best present they could have asked for."

The trio recently found online fame when a video of them performing to Flo Rida's 'Get Low' and Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' at Stourbridge Carnival was shared 1.6 million times on Facebook, prompting press interest from around the world.

Mrs Ruston said the new orangery was a 'lovely big, airy room' that has been built as an extension to the Inpatient Unit, and gives patients and families a dedicated area where they can relax and enjoy the scenery of Compton Hospice's beautiful grounds.

Paid for by grants, the orangery took about six months to complete and has better access for patients who are unable to leave their beds and need to have them wheeled in to the room, allowing them to enjoy some time away from the ward environment.

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