Strictly Corby dancers raise £31,000 for Lakelands

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Strictly Corby dancers smashed it when they raised a sensational £31,000 for Lakelands Hospice.

The event on Friday at the Best Western Rockingham Forest hotel beat the previous fundaising total by £10,000.

Strictly Corby: Corby: Lakelands Hospice Strictly Corby 2014'Winners - Debbie Mapson and Anthony Bazin'Friday 17th October 2014 NNL-141018-114453009

Strictly Corby: Corby: Lakelands Hospice Strictly Corby 2014'Winners - Debbie Mapson and Anthony Bazin'Friday 17th October 2014 NNL-141018-114453009

The sell-out audience of more than 400 was treated to a night of glamour, fun and good-natured competition as professional dancers and their volunteer partners took to the floor.

Lakelands fundraising manager Paul Marlow, whose team organises the event, said: “We are all stunned to have beaten last year’s total by a whopping £10,000. It’s a truly amazing effort by all of the dancers who really pulled together as a team to put on a professional show.

“This event really captures the Corby public’s imagination with the tickets selling out in just over an hour.

“There are so many people to thank. It’s a real team effort, but without the support of the people of Corby who continue to get behind everything we do we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

The winner of Strictly Corby was Debbie Mapson, who was representing Mapson builders, and her professional partner Anthony Bazin.

Dancers were awarded points for the amount of money they raised in the lead-up to the event and on the night and this figure was added to the judges’ scores for their performance. Debbie said: “It was hard work and very time-consuming but a fantastic experience.

“The atmosphere on the night was electric. Although I was very nervous, Anthony worked extremely hard choreographing our routine and when the winners were announced it was worth all the effort. It’s also a very proud feeling to have helped raise so much money for a great cause.”

Runners-up were Jayne Edwards, representing Santander Corby, and her partner Terry West who danced a brilliant medley entitled Reach for the Gun as their show dance.

In third place were Josh Murphy, representing Tata Steel, and his partner Shelley Davis who performed a 1920s routine to rapturous applause.

Both Jayne and Josh hope to continue dance lessons.

Owner of MaSH School of Dance Shelley Davis, who provides the professional dancers for Strictly Corby each year, said: “I was really pleased with the quality of the dancing.

“There were some very technical dance routines performed to a high standard. It was also amazing to have helped Lakelands raise such a fantastic amount of money.”

Abbie Kennedy and her partner Stuart Hales took away the best show dance award on the night. It was awarded by the judges for their routine entitled Let’s Face the Music and Dance.

Chris Savage, representing the Knights Lodge pub in Corby, and his partner Marye Simmonds were awarded the Spirit of Strictly award for the couple who had the most interesting journey in the Strictly Corby event.

The Mashdance Pop-tarts and classical singer Vicki Louise Sherwin performed during the intervals.