Strictly star in 'cha cha' visit

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Image caption, Up close and personal at the Cancer Centre in Belfast

There was some cha cha cha and a little bit of salsa going down at the Cancer Centre in Belfast on Friday, when reigning champion of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing competition took to the wards.

As well as being the winner of last year's Strictly and a BBC sports presenter, Chris Hollins is patron of children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

He is in Belfast to attend the charity's Strictly Dance Gala Ball on Saturday 13 November at the Stormont Hotel.

Chris will be judging a dance competition at the event and has nominated himself to be auctioned off for a special dance to the highest bidder on the night.

While in the city, he took the opportunity to visit young cancer patients and survivors from across Northern Ireland at the City Hospital's Cancer Centre.

He toured the radiotherapy suite which also treats children from the neighbouring Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Image caption, Chris Hollins shows some Salsa moves to Marie Louise Connolly

He had lunch with the young patients before taking to the hospital floor with some of them.

He even showed a few moves to BBC NI health correspondent Marie Louise Connolly.

Chris has been patron of CLIC Sargent for more than 10 years and he paid tribute to its work.

"When you are someone four or five years of age, when you are a teenager growing up still with so much to give, and you're stuck in a place like this through no fault of your own and yet they still stay strong," he said.

"And that really is down to the charity - the CLIC Sargent people here in this hospital that say 'look there is still a life out there, something to look forward to'."