National Osteoporosis Society members to appear in Royal BBC Strictly Come Dancing Special

23 Dec 2017

Members of the National Osteoporosis Society are set to appear in a special film highlighting osteoporosis and the benefits of staying active in old age which is due to be broadcast as part of a Royal Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Day Special.

They will appear in the film - due to be broadcast on BBC1 at 6.30 pm on Christmas day - alongside National Osteoporosis Society President, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, and our Ambassador Craig Revel Horwood.

The couples, who are affected by osteoporosis, spent time talking to The Duchess, as well as dancing with Strictly stars and presenters.

National Osteoporosis Society Member Moira Holmes found out she had osteoporosis over 20 years ago. It affects her on a day to day basis and means she is constantly worried about falling and breaking a bone, knowing a fracture may affect her for the rest of her life.

Despite living with the condition, she helps to organise regular tea dances in Nottingham to raise funds and awareness for osteoporosis.

“Dancing is a great way of building bones, is great weight-bearing exercise and good for balance. It also really helps people with osteoporosis. We all need to keep our bones healthy, no matter how old we are and focusing on the condition during Strictly Come Dancing is a great way of raising awareness.”

Strictly Come Dancing Presenter and Patron of the National Osteoporosis Society Craig Revel Horwood said he was delighted to have met charity members as part of the event.

“I’ve been a Patron of the National Osteoporosis Society for many years and it was a great pleasure to meet Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall again along with members of the National Osteoporosis Society. The fractures caused by osteoporosis can be life-changing, so it was fantastic to be able highlight the positive role dance can play in keeping all of our bones strong and healthy.”

Photo: PA

Dance for your bones

Dancing is great for bone health, especially people living with osteoporosis.

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