Keep dancing as ‘Strictly Summer’ comes to Mere

Debut 'Strictly' event for Warrington-based charity

From Strictly Come Dancing to strictly fundraising, finalist Gemma Atkinson is hanging up her dancing shoes to lend support on the judging panel in new charity fundraiser.

Warrington-based children’s charity Brainwave announced this week plans for a new ‘Strictly Summer’ event which will see 10 business executives partner up with professional dancers from Cadman’s Dance School for the ultimate summer dance contest.

Brainwave is a charity that exists to help children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence. It aims to improve mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies.

The star-studded fundraiser this summer is set to be hosted by Key 103’s Mike Toolan, and will see fashion designer Seema Malhotra, who is best known for her appearance on ITV series The Real Housewives of Cheshire, put through her paces in a bid to impress the judging panel.

The extravagant ballroom event will take place at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa in Knutsford on Saturday 30th June where contestants will strut their stuff in sequins in a battle to win the glitterball and raise funds to support children following the charity’s programme.

Real Housewives of Cheshire star and Brainwave ‘Strictly Summer’ contestant, Seema Malhotra said: “Strictly Summer is a great idea for Brainwave to bring this glamourous fundraiser to the North West which gives a fresh take on the popular TV programme.

“I am super excited to be part of this event which is a remarkable opportunity for people to learn a new skill whilst raising money for such a deserving cause which really does help to transform disabled  children’s lives.”

Brainwave North West donor manager, Joanne Freeman said: “I am overwhelmed with the huge amount of support we have received over the past year and am calling on local people to come along and enjoy this fantastic evening of stars, sequins and sparkle.

“I would like to wish all contestants the best of luck as they salsa and waltz  it out to support Brainwave children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence.”

The event is being supported by The Mere Golf Resort and Spa, with two members of Team Mere taking part – events and conference supervisor Kimberley Avery and general manager Gary Johnson.

For more information about Brainwave, or to find out more about Strictly Summer, please visit:

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