Fomer Riverdance star gets into step for charity

Former Riverdance performer Christina McGrath Woods (centre). INNT 30-606con
Former Riverdance performer Christina McGrath Woods (centre). INNT 30-606con
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A former Riverdance performer from Newtownabbey will be helping to entertain participants in Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Walk 10 event.

The fundraiser - on Friday, August 30 - takes place in the Stormont estate and will see thousands take part in the annual twilight walk to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Newtownabbey woman, Christina McGrath Woods, who lives in the Prince Charles Way area, will be entertaining and helping the thousands taking part with her “ReelRobics” work out.

ReelRobics combines traditional Irish dance with aerobics and participants will be put through their paces in a very unique and enjoyable warm-up session before the start of the walk.

Christina said: “I’m honoured to have been asked to take the warm up at Walk Ten.

“Marie Curie Cancer Care is such a great cause, providing invaluable support and care to patients and their families.

“The event is an opportunity to fundraiser and raise awareness of the fantastic work the Marie Curie nurses do every day.

“I hope to get Walk Ten off to a great start with a fun ReelRobics warm up, perfect for young and old.

“So bring out that inner Irish dancer in you that’s always been there deep down and join us at Walk Ten.”

Having welcomed 1,771 walkers to Walk Ten Belfast 2012, who together raised a staggering £131,425 in support of local Marie Curie Nurses and helped fund 6,571 hours of Nursing, the charity is focused on bigger and better in 2013.

Walk Ten Belfast starts at 6pm and following the walk there will be entertainment, including Carolyn Stewart and the U105 roadshow, fireworks and live music.

At 10pm everyone gathers to mark the time that many of the Marie Curie nurses start their night shift, providing care to people with terminal illnesses and support for their families.

Registration is £10 per person with children under 16 going free and everyone is asked to raise as much as possible to support Marie Curie.

To register, or for more information, go to www.mariecurie.org.uk/stormont or call 0845 052 4184.

The charity will be holding another fundraiser in the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh on September 7.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK’s largest charities.

Employing more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, it provided care to more than 35,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in its nine hospices last year and is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.

Around 70 per cent of the charity’s income comes from the generous support of thousands of individuals, membership organisations and businesses, with the balance of our funds coming from the NHS.

The charity is best known for its Marie Curie Nurses.