02 Jul 2014

Dance fever sweeps Inverness


38 year-old Will Macrae has been training for the dance of his life. At the beginning of May he took part in Strictly Inverness – a dance competition organised by the Highland Hospice.

Eight couples battled it out over three days, showing off their jive and salsa moves. Behind the glitz and the glamour of the four-day extravaganza lay a serious fundraising cause. Funds raised were split between two local community causes - the Highland Hospice and Inverness Ice Centre.

Supporting patients in the Highland community

The Highland Hospice provides palliative care for people throughout the Highlands who have life limiting illness.

The charity’s InPatient Unit is now 25 years old and no longer offers the standards of privacy, dignity and choice befitting the charity’s patients and their families. Funds raised by

this competition will help with the charity’s Project Build appeal.

The current unit, based in Inverness, is being demolished to make way for a modern, bright and airy InPatient Unit – with single rooms to provide privacy and dignity. .

Following in his father’s footsteps

Sadly Will’s mother passed away in 2010 – the same year as the competition was founded.

Will recalls: “The Highland Hospice were fantastic in caring for Mum before she died after being diagnosed with a rare sarcoma cancer 4 weeks earlier.”

A year later Will’s father took part in the Strictly 2011 competition. Sadly he later too passed away. Will said: “After Dad died I came under a bit of peer pressure to “follow in his footsteps” and as I was looking for another Challenge for 2014, having completed a charity cycle in Vietnam/Cambodia, everyone seemed to think this was the perfect event to put me out of my comfort zone.”

No charges to the charity

As a BT employee Will was a keen promoter of MyDonate when it was launched. He said: “I love the fact there are no charges to the charity whatsoever.”

Will’s dancing skills have raised more than £1,120 through MyDonate before Gift Aid and a further £44 in text donations.

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