Dazzling Dancing show raises £2,600 for hospice
Ann Greaves, 51, Susan McGahan, 58, and Debbie Hawkins, 54, who run The Blythe School of Theatre Dance, held their latest production Dancing on Sunshine at The Thameside Theatre to support Saint Francis Hospice.
The trio, who set up the dance school 33 years ago, have now raised an incredible £16,600 for the hospice which looked after Debbie's husband John Hawkins, 44, before he died of cancer in 2004.
"John was being treated at a hospital in Putney and when he was moved to the hospice it was such a relief," said Debbie.
"It was like coming home.
"The hospice was amazing. It made it easier for our three children and all the people who couldn't get to Putney to come and visit.
"After that there was no question that we would be supporting the charity." Four years ago their father Fred Blythe, 82, was cared for by the Hospice at Home team before he also died of cancer.
"We had never experienced anything like it," said Debbie.
"It was so personal and private. Dad was a very private man and he wanted to stay at home."
Susan, a former HR Director, said, "Dad was not formally diagnosed until January and he died in April so we did not have long to make arrangements but the help and the support we got was massive."
Susan also said the hospice kept in contact with their mum Eileen Blythe after he died and offered the family counselling.
"Their general approach was so caring," said Ann.
"It was like having angels in the house. They were always there when they were needed."