Dancing chaplain and wife with ‘four left feet’ hoping for divine intervention

NSPCC Hartlepool charity Strictly Come Dancing couple Dave and Madeline Russon
NSPCC Hartlepool charity Strictly Come Dancing couple Dave and Madeline Russon

A COUPLE are looking for some divine intervention to see them crowned the winners of a charity toe-tapping contest.

Chaplain Dave Russon and his wife Madeline are taking part in Let’s Dance, a Strictly Come Dancing style competition to raise money for the Hartlepool branch of the NSPCC.

The pair, from King Oswy Drive, in Hartlepool, say they got involved after an attempt at dancing as a couple at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom where they went for afternoon tea during a trip away.

After describing themselves as having “four left feet”, the couple decided to take up some dancing lessons to learn the skill.

And they contacted Carol Hammond of the Carol Hammond Dance Studio, in Dalton Street, who said they would be perfect for the charity challenge which is to take place at The Borough Hall, at the Headland, on Friday, March 13.

So Dave and Madeline, who are parents to Chris, 42, and Claire, 40, decided to take part and are now practicing for about 10 hours each week for a waltz and a cha cha dance on the big night. Dave, who is the Chaplain at the University Hospital of North Tees and also the Butterwick Hospice, both in Stockton, said: “It’s going really well, we’re just enjoying ourselves because we’ve always wanted to be able to dance.

“We have a bit of a laugh about it and we’ve met some great people in the other competitors. The whole group has become like one.”

He added: “It’s a very worthwhile cause and if this dancing competition helps to raise awareness and bring a bit of alleviation to somebody who may be in a dire situation then it can only be a good thing.”

Dave, 65, and Madeline, 63, who are also grandparents and great-grandparents, are no strangers to helping others after previously travelling to 130 countries around the world to provide help and aid to projects related to issues such as poverty, trafficking, and orphans.

Last week the Mail featured fellow contestants Sacha and Nina Bedding, and Nick and Linsey Watson, all from Elwick, Hartlepool, are also taking part in Let’s Dance.

Details on ticket sales will be released in due course, say organisers.