Mayor’s Tai Chi moves raising money for St Catherine’s Hospice
The departing Mayor and Mayoress of Preston wowed crowds with a Tai Chi Fan Dance peformance in the city centre as part of their final fundraising event in aid of St Catherine’s.
Coun Nick Pomfret and wife Barbara have supported St Catherine’s in various ways during their term in office, which came to an end on Wednesday May 20th.
For their final event, they decided to show off the Tai Chi Fan Dance routine they had learnt during a trip to Beijing in a performance in Preston.
You can watch the dance on the LEP website here.
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Performing alongside them were students from the UCLan Confucius Institute led by Master Zhang Ying, who is a three times Chinese national Tai Chi champion.
The group learned 52 Tai Chi Fan moves, spending four hours a day perfecting them during their stay in Beijing.
Coun Pomfret said: “It’s been a very busy, fun-filled 12 months as Mayor during which time we have raised money for St Catherine’s in all manner of different ways.
“The Tai Chi Fan Dance was our final fundraiser – it would be fantastic to up our total by as much as possible for a wonderful local charity.”
Feixia Yu, director of the UCLan Confucius institute, said: “We were delighted to join the mayor in one of the final acts of his term and help to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice at the same time.
“A key remit of the UCLan Confucius Institute is to share China’s traditions with the local community and I am delighted that Mayor Pomfret has been a big supporter of this during his time in office.”
Senior fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice Lynne Whittaker added: “The support of Mayor and Mayoress Pomfret during their term of office has been absolutely fantastic.
“The variety of activities and events they have organised and got involved in with, along with their enthusiasm for the cause, has been wonderful.
“The fan dance performance was amazing – certainly a very creative and unusual way to raise funds!
“The money they have raised over the past 12 months will help St Catherine’s to provide our specialised care and enable our staff to be there for local people when it really matters most.”
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