Wheelchair dancing is helping people to cope with disabilities

'Strictly Come Wheelchair Dancing' photocall at Queen Mary's Nursing Home.''Pictured: Mulberry and Queen Mary's dancers. SUS-150520-133907001
'Strictly Come Wheelchair Dancing' photocall at Queen Mary's Nursing Home.''Pictured: Mulberry and Queen Mary's dancers. SUS-150520-133907001

Wheelchair Dancing is set to make its debut locally in St Leonards.

On May 28 residents of Queen Mary’s Nursing Home and Mulberry House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit will be welcoming visitors to join their first ever Wheelchair Tea Dance.

Wheelchair dancing was born in the UK in the late 1960’s and has been gaining popularity ever since. BBC3’s ‘Dancing on Wheels’ has done wonders for the sport and has raised its profile as a recreational activity.

Therapy Lead for Mulberry House, Jane Stewart-Parry said: “Our Tea Dance will be a great taster session for not only our residents, but wheelchair users in the local community, to find out what wheelchair dancing is all about.

“We are really looking forward to attendees learning a new skill and combining enjoyment with exercise.”

The Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK) ((WDSA (UK)) is the national governing body for wheelchair dance sport and wheelchair dance in the UK.

Patrick McGeough, WDSA (UK) representative says of the sport “Wheelchair dancing allows everyone to take part in dancing, no matter what their age or level of disability.

“We have been running sessions across the country for several years now and get immense enjoyment from seeing the participants’ development”.

Mulberry House, one of Titleworth Neuro’s two specialist units, is home to 19 residents and offers a ‘home from home’ environment for those with long-term neurological disorders requiring rehabilitation services.

Queen Mary’s Nursing Home has 48 rooms and is one of Galleon Care’s five care homes for the elderly located across East Sussex and Surrey.

The wheelchair dancing taster session and Tea Party with homemade cakes, will take place from 2pm – 4.30pm on Thursday 28th May, in the conservatory of Queen Mary’s Nursing Home, 7 Hollington Park Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0SE. 01424 728800.

People from Hastings and Rother are welcome to come along and join in with the fun on Thursday May 28.

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