AN OLYMPIC skating champion has become a patron of a brain tumour charity.
Robin Cousins MBE has offered his support to Stamford charity Anna’s Hope, which was set up by Carole Hughes after her three-year-old daughter Anna died of a brain tumour.
Robin, who won figure skating gold in the 1980 Winter Olympics, visited Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge to meet Alison Mitchell, the paediatric neuro oncology nurse funded by Anna’s Hope.
Robin said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to visit the ward at Addenbrookes Hospital where the Anna’s Hope story began, and to see how the money raised by the charity is used to directly benefit the young patients receiving treatment there.”
Robin is the creator of the Holiday on Ice show which comes to Peterborough every February and helps raise money for Anna’s Hope,, which is the premier children’s brain tumour charity in the region.
Robin added: “It’s good to know the money raised through Holiday on Ice is helping to give real support to children and their families, particularly during rehabilitation after treatment.”
Many of the children treated on the ward get the chance to see the show, which in 2012 will be called Tropicana - The Passion Tour.
Carole described what the visit means to those children who are well enough to attend.
She said: “For many the show is a welcome relief from their gruelling treatment and it gives them special quality time with their families.
“Thanks to the generosity of Holiday on Ice they will have happy memories to cherish and cheer them up when times get tough. We are also delighted to announce that Robin Cousins has very generously agreed to become a patron of Anna’s Hope.”
Carole’s husband Rob added: “We are really proud to be associated Holiday on Ice.
“This year’s show raised about £4,000 for the charity in the form of a donation from ticket sales and bucket collections, so it makes a significant contribution to our fundraising.”
Holiday on Ice’s Tropicana - The Passion Tour will take place at the East of England Showground from February 2 to 5 next year.
The eight shows have been created and choreographed by Robin Cousins and will feature interpretations of some of Barry Manilow’s best-known songs.
To book tickets call the box office on 0844 581 1315 or book online at www.theticketfactory.com/holidayonice.
For more information on the show itself, visit www.holidayonice.co.uk