Dance event raises thousands for Cransley Hospice

Cransley Dancing in the Rain, who took part in the Strictly Got to Dance event for Cransley Hospice at Wicksteed Park
Cransley Dancing in the Rain, who took part in the Strictly Got to Dance event for Cransley Hospice at Wicksteed Park

A staggering £55,000 has been raised for Cransley Hospice after a charity dance event held last month.

The Wicksteed Park event saw nine teams of dancers each joined by a professional who worked alongside them for two weeks prior to the show.

Each team performed on the night in front of a panel of judges and an audience.

The total profit is Cransley Hospice’s highest from a single event. Hospice fundraiser Di Patrick thanked all who helped make the event such a success, adding: “We’re thrilled – £55,000 is an amazing amount of money.”

MJMs, a team from Millbrook Junior School in Kettering coached by Shelley Davis, emerged as the winners.

Electric Avenue, a Victoria Nowlan-coached team from T James Electrical and Turner & Warren Hair Design, finished second and third place was taken by Eat, Teach, Dance, Repeat from Mawsley Community Primary School, coached by Donna Collins.

Dolly Mixtures, a team from Kettering General Hospital’s pathology department, received a judges’ choice gong.

Other teams were from the hospital’s endoscopy department, Kettering Park Hotel, Sainsbury’s, Wilko and Cransley Hospice itself.

Dancer Lynn Finlay, store manager of Wilko in Kettering, said the team took part in memory of colleague Sonia Fleming, who was cared for at the hospice.

She added: “Cransley Hospice has such a special place in our hearts because the nurses offered vital care for Sonia in the days and weeks before she died.

“She worked at our store for more than 20 years and she became more than just a colleague – she was a special friend as well.”