A glittering grand finale brought an end to St Luke’s Hospice’s Strictly Learn to Dance 2018 contest – raising a fab-u-lous £10,000 for the hospice.
The coveted glitterball trophy was won by Cheshire Police’s acting chief constable Janette McCormick and partner, postman Kevin Shufflebottom, who wowed the judges and the audience with their quick step.
The grand finale, which was held at Crewe Hall on Saturday 24th March, was the culmination of ten weeks of training for seven dance novices and their partners who braved the blisters and battled their nerves to raise money for St Luke’s.
Catherine Moore, event fundraiser at St Luke’s, said: “What a fantastic finale to a brilliant competition this year. We have been overwhelmed by the commitment, dedication and generosity shown by all the couples over the last ten weeks.
“Congratulations of course go to our Strictly Learn to Dance 2018 winners Janette and Kevin. However the real winner is St Luke’s as this year’s contest has raised over £10,000 towards patient care at the hospice. We are incredibly grateful!”
She added: “I would also like to thank Rachel and Steve Brandreth from Dancebespoke who are responsible for turning our fledgling dancers into beautiful swans.
“As dance teachers they really did go the extra mile by helping with the staging of the show, the costumes and everything in between.”
Cheshire’s top police officer Janette won both the audience vote and the judge’s choice for best technical performance on the night.
She commented: “This has been an absolutely fantastic experience, from beginning to end. While Kevin and I were delighted to be given the glitterball at the grand finale, everyone who took part was a winner.
“When I was asked if I would take to the floor for St Luke’s, there was no doubt in my mind. If I could help raise money for this amazing hospice then I would.
“A number of our officers have been supported by St Luke’s, including one of our PCSOs, Jill Cope. She was always raising funds for others until she sadly passed away at St Luke’s last summer, so it was with Jill in mind when I said yes.
“I have enjoyed every moment of my St Luke’s Strictly ‘journey’ and Kevin has been an encouraging and patient partner, never seen without a smile on his face.
“I can’t deny it has been hard work, with some aching limbs along the way, but it has been worth it to know that, with special thanks to everyone who has pledged and donated, we have all helped make a difference.”
The award for the best ‘Strictly journey’ went to St Luke’s Trustee and president of Nantwich Rotary Club Tony Hoy, who impressed the judges and dance coaches with his enthusiasm and commitment.
Tony said: “As a trustee of the hospice, I wanted to raise as much money as possible for St Luke’s.”
It’s not too late to support St Luke’s Strictly Learn to Dance 2018. Donations can still be made on the judges’ JustGiving page.