A HAMPSHIRE grandmother is staging an exotic night out that she hopes will raise vital funds for a baby unit.
More than twenty dancers will show-off their best moves in a belly dancing extravaganza.
The dance night will have eye-popping dance moves, Egyptian outfits and plenty of colours – and it is all in aid of Southampton’s Princess Anne Hospital’s Neo-Natal Unit.
The event, will be held at Hedge End Social Club in Bursledon Road this Saturday.
Organiser, Lydia Osborne saw her two-dayold grandson die in Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton in June last year, after he suffered a double hernia.
He was treated at Southampton Princess Anne Hospital, where doctors desperately tried to save his life.
Lydia, 47 from Bursledon, said: “When my grandson passed away and I saw the doctors trying to keep him alive I wanted to give something back.
“They tried so hard to help him, at one stage there were sixteen doctors around him. It left me heartbroken.”
Now all Mrs Osborne wants to do is to raise money to help other families so that their children will have a better chance of survival – and is using her passion for belly dancing.
She has belly danced professionally for three years, and Miss Osborne said: “Some people have wine, some people have chocolate but I have my dancing.
“If you get the right crowd it is amazing. However there’s occasionally someone who mistakes you for a kissogram.”
The event will have a dancing workshop with two teachers from 11am to 5pm, and the dancing spectacular starts at 7pm.
Tickets for the workshop cost £15 or £20, and £8 for the dance. To buy tickets call Lydia Osborne on 07791 078308