Skating shows brings a £5,000 boost to Anna’s Hope charity

Carole Hughes and Robin Cousins at Holiday on ice Feb 2012 with some of the children invited along by the Anna's Hope charity for the gala evening
Carole Hughes and Robin Cousins at Holiday on ice Feb 2012 with some of the children invited along by the Anna's Hope charity for the gala evening

MORE than £5,000 was raised for a local children’s charity at a touring ice skating spectacular.

Stamford-based Anna’s Hope was presented with a £1,000 cheque on the opening night of Holiday on Ice’s Tropicana - the Passion Tour at the Exec in Peterborough last Thursday.

The charity’s volunteers dressed as fairies and were on hand to collect £4,000 from audiences with a number of bucket collections over the weekend.

Anna’s Hope offers support to children and young people who have been diagnosed with brain tumours.

It was set up by Rob and Carole Hughes, of Pilsgate, near Stamford, in memory of their daughter Anna, who sadly died from a brain tumour in 2006, aged just three.

The show also offered children in the care of the charity and their families a chance to be at the gala night.

More than 40 professional skaters danced to the music of Barry Manilow in the show, which was created and choreographed by former Olympic champion Robin Cousins.

Carole said: “It was a fantastic show with wonderful world class skating and a great fundraising success.

“Thanks to the generous support from Holiday on Ice, Anna’s Hope was able to provide local children who have a brain tumour and their families to have a fun night out and a break from their treatment.

“The children enjoyed dressing up in fairy dresses and had their picture taken with professional skater Robin Cousins.

“It is special that through our continued connection with the show we are able to do this.

“On behalf of Anna’s Hope I want to express my thanks to Holiday on Ice, all those who visited the show and the volunteers who braved the snow to help me.”

The £1,000 cheque was presented to Anna’s Hope by Robin Cousins, who has now become a life-long supporter of the charity.

Carole added: “Robin is now a friend and a life-long supporter of Anna’s Hope, which is really appreciated.

“He has a lovely caring rapport with the children and their parents, which is lovely.”

For more information about the charity, visit www.annas-hope.co.uk.