Strictly Come Dancing Star, AJ Odudu, has taken a break from rehearsals to send the East Lancashire Hospital Trust (ELHT) a message of support.

This comes after NHS staff at Blackburn and Burnley hospitals faced a “challenging” week.

Blackburn-born AJ was joined by her dance partner, Kai Widdrington, to send some uplifting words to NHS hospital staff in the region.



In the 18 second video she said: “Hello! AJ and Kai here from Strictly Come Dancing HQ.

“We just want to say we think you are doing an incredible job at the ELHT.”

“So, keep watching, keep supporting and keep dancing,” she added blowing a kiss to the camera.

However, AJ’s message isn’t random and the ELHT asked her to send it after NHS staff at the hospitals faced a “challenging” week.

A spokesperson said: “We’ve been asking people to send messages of support because we had quite a challenging time last week and we were extremely stressed.

“Because of Covid and everything else we are just trying to get messages of support for our staff to give their morale a boost.

“We approached AJ and this is the video she sent back.”

Last week, Blackburn and Burnley hospitals became overwhelmed with patient admissions.

The hospital trust urged people to stay away unless they were in need of “urgent or emergency care”.

A spokesperson said the hospitals were under “extreme pressure” adding that wait times were “longer than usual”.

If any members of the public would like to send a message of support to the East Lancashire Hospital Trust team they can do so via their Facebook page.

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