MORE than £11,000 was raised for St Joseph’s Hospice after a group of locals took dance lessons to compete in their own version of Strictly Come Dancing!
Eight supporters of the Thornton hospice volunteered to perform live at the ‘Strictly St Joseph’s’ event, held on Saturday, September 25 at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool.
The event was the hospice’s first mass participation event following the Covid pandemic, which had a massive impact on its ability to raise money.
Strictly St Joseph’s, based on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing show, was supported by Marshside School of Dance in Southport which provided the professional dance partners and training sessions for all eight participants.
The Audience Award, chosen by the audience on the night, was presented to Liam Marshall, 26, and his professional dance partner Eleanor Woods for their Rumba to Wicked Game.
The title of Strictly St Joseph’s Champions 2021 was awarded by the judges to Ellie Williams, 24, and her professional partner Lauren Dean for their show dance to Fireball.
During the evening, guests enjoyed a four-course meal and entertainment from singer Scott Chapman on top of the Live Strictly dance show.
Four judges kindly gave up their time to support the hospice on the night, including professional dance teachers, David Beckham Doyle and Jane Barton along with former Everton FC players, Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin.
All eight contestant have raised thousands of pounds for the charity by raising their own sponsorship. Local business, Delivery Network Experts Ltd, sponsored singer Scott Chapman’s appearance and LeisureTechUK also supported the event.
Maxine Armstrong, head of fundraising at St Joseph’s Hospice, said: “Strictly St Joseph’s 2021 was a fabulous success and we are so proud of all our dancers this year.
“They have worked incredibly hard and have put their heart and soul in to learning and practicing their routines as well as raising an incredible amount of money for the hospice.
“We raised lots of money from our auction and raffle as well as from the audience voting on the night.
“All the money we raised from Strictly St Joseph’s will fund compassionate end of life hospice care for people from our communities across Merseyside and West Lancashire as well as support for their families during a very tough time.”