Dance novices took to the dancefloor on Saturday March 14 in a Strictly-inspired fundraising event for St. Luke’s Hospice, helping to raise a staggering £42,000 for the charity.
The popular fundraiser, which is now its fourth year, sees budding dancers paired with professionals to compete for the Strictly St. Luke’s coveted trophy.
This year, nine couples bravely took part and each performed both a Latin and Ballroom dance for a panel of judges and a sold-out audience after months of rigorous training.
The judges included professional dancers James Goodman, son of dancer and TV personality Len Goodman, Cheryl O’Leary, Tony Wiejski and long-term supporter of St. Luke’s Hospice, Peter Davies.
More than 500 people attended the fundraiser at the Civic Hall in Grays. David Webster from Gateway 97.8 was compere alongside Leanne Stewart, corporate fundraiser at St. Luke’s Hospice.
The winners of the night were Chloe Holdsworth who trained and danced with dance teacher Brett Gillborn from Lynda King Dance Ltd.
Chloe said: “I have always had a passion for dancing and have previously raised funds for St Luke’s Hospice, so mixing the two together is just amazing!”
Over the last four years, the event has raised more than £100,000 for the charity.