“SEVEN!” Dancers reach top fundraising figure in Strictly fundraiser

Duncan Lewis and Wendy Maddison at the Hospice's Strictly Learn Dancing
Duncan Lewis and Wendy Maddison at the Hospice's Strictly Learn Dancing
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Dancers in Scarborough proved its not just Strictly stars who can put on a show after raising £7,000 for Saint Catherine’s Hospice with their version of the hit television contest.

Back in June when nine couples started to learn to dance together, staff at Saint Catherine’s Hospice could never have imagined how strictly grand the Finale was going to be.

Will Hall and Gina Ingle at the Hospice's Strictly Learn Dancing

Will Hall and Gina Ingle at the Hospice's Strictly Learn Dancing

Having never danced before, the nine couples spent nine weeks training with the Anne Taylor School of Dance and developed their skills.

On Saturday night, they took to the dance floor in true “Strictly” style to perform at The Theatre Ballroom at the Flower of May Holiday Park.

The couples battled it out in front of a panel of judges made up of Dance professionals, Kevin Page and Valerie Laws from the LP School of Dance in Whitby and Hospice Chairman Ian Westmoreland.

The evening was “outrageously glamorous” and packed full of “fabulous entertainment” from the 18 budding dancers.

Sandra Sumner and Wilf Evans at the Hospice's Strictly Learn Dancing

Sandra Sumner and Wilf Evans at the Hospice's Strictly Learn Dancing

Organisers have described the Finale as “alight with passion, determination, nerves and excitement and all nine couples did themselves proud”.

They danced the Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, the Waltz and the Quickstep and “were simply fantastic”.

Hospice Fundraiser Louise Gravestock said: “I was truly amazed by all the dancers, they were brilliant. Their family and friends came out in force to cheer them on which made the atmosphere fantastic.

“The group became so close which was great to see and between them they raised the fabulous sum of £7000.00 for patient care.”

The judges give their marks at the Hospice's Strictly Learn Dancing

The judges give their marks at the Hospice's Strictly Learn Dancing

An eventual points score tie resulted in an exciting dance-off between the top two couples who had both been awarded 53 points out of a possible 60. The winning couple were student, Martin Barker and hospital worker Cathy Walker, who danced The Cha Cha Cha and Quickstep.