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Ice champion’s special hospice visit

Dan Whiston with Gracie-Ann Fletcher on his visit to Brian House.

Dan Whiston with Gracie-Ann Fletcher on his visit to Brian House.

BLACKPOOL’S King of Ice Dan Whiston showed he truly has a warm heart when he paid to a visit to Brian House Children’s Hospice.

Dancing On Ice champion Dan spent a morning with his fans and well-wishers at the palliative care unit in Bispham.

Children staying at the hospice had sent good luck cards to Dan during his time skating with Olympian Beth Tweddle and cheered the dancing partners on from the unit’s cinema room every Sunday.

Lisa Martin, community fund-raiser for Brian House, said: “It was snowing when he arrived – which seemed appropriate, given that he’s our ice dance hero.

“Dan always gets a very warm welcome when he visits.

“We had been watching Dancing on Ice and getting more excited as the competition went on.

“I’m sure the cards made by the children must have, in a small way, inspired Dan and Beth to victory.”

The Poulton blade man beat boxer Luke Campbell and Eastenders star Matt Lapinskas in the show’s final.

Dan, 36, said he and Beth had displayed their cards in the studio while competing on the ITV programme.

He said: “I’m a big supporter of Brian House so it was really special to see the amazing job the team do – it’s a credit to Blackpool.

“I love to go down and meet some really special children.

“What amazes me is the laughter and the vibe of happiness about the place even though it can be a place full of upset.”

And now he’s hoping to take Beth to visit the Low Moor Road unit too.

He added: “I know she’d love to see them all. It’s really special to know they supported us.”

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