This week 13 local people took their first tentative steps towards ballroom stardom and raising valuable funds for Katharine House Hospice. They met professional dancer Danny Bell of The Ballroom Company and some of the professionals who are tasked with cleverly unleashing their inner flair for dancing. Then, in just two months’ time, they will emerge on Friday 24th November to compete for the Strictly Stafford 2017 glitter ball trophy at Staffordshire County Showground.
The assembled dance fans will be treated to an evening of sparkling entertainment. With ex Strictly Come Dancing star Edwina Currie as special guest judge, her outspoken wit and “strictly controversial” opinions are sure to create much hilarity before the audience cast their votes and even ‘have a go’ at ballroom dancing during the interval. The final flourish of the competition will come in the shape of live entertainment from X-Factor’s Ollie Marland.
Katharine House Hospice are hoping to raise a massive £20,000 on the night which local supporters are bound to find easy to achieve with a fabulous raffle and an auction with money-can’t-buy prizes. The competitors are putting their all into learning their dances as well as gathering as much sponsorship as they can possibly muster.
Lisa Carson, Events Fundraiser at Katharine House Hospice said
“We at the hospice are really excited about our collaboration with Danny Bell and The Ballroom Company again this year. Last year’s event was a great success, but this year is going to be even bigger and better! I’ve met all of our competitors and they are all extremely excited about the weeks ahead! I would advise those who want to come along on the night to book their tickets fast, as the event is already proving to be really popular!”
Tickets for the live grand finale are available until 22 November 2017 for £20 per person via the Katharine House Hospice website at www.khhospice.org.uk/event/strictly-stafford-0
Katharine House Hospice provides free care and support for adults and their families who are coping with progressive illness across mid-Staffordshire. It relies upon the kindness of the local community to help generate over 75% of the funds needed to run its vital range of services.