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Wet weekends ‘worth every minute’ for UCLH Olympic dancers

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Frontline staff, from healthcare assistants to surgeons, represented University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust during Friday’s Olympics opening ceremony.

The trust said around 50 members of its staff “served the NHS proud” during show viewed by billions of people across the world.

Healthcare assistant Tiago Bravo, who works in the trust’s acute medical unit, said: “How can I start? The experience of being in a stadium full of people applauding you and of being watched by four billion people around the world is something that’s hard to explain.

“It was very hard work rehearsing for four months, sometimes for whole weekends in the rain. But it was worth every moment.

“It was a privilege to be there and an honour to represent the NHS, because it is one of the most beautiful institutions in the country.”

Senior nurse Betsy Lau-Robinson, the trust’s lead for safeguarding adults, took part in a press conference for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and described the opening ceremony as a “magical occasion”.

“When we first started to audition, most of us had two left feet but by the end of it my children said that they had no idea I could dance like that,” she said. “They thought a lot of us were professionals, but we are nurses and doctors whose everyday activity is to look after patients and we are very proud of that.”

Lisa Sadler, sister for the trust’s acute medical unit, said the four months of rehearsals were worth it for the “amazing experience”.

“It was quite surreal knowing that many people were watching,” she added.

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