Stick ‘n’ Step supporters limber up for Strictly-style event

Cerebral charity Stick ‘n’ Step is hosting its ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ themed fundraising event at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa, Thornton Hough on Saturday 11 November 2023.

This black-tie event, sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers, will see nine couples strut their stuff on the dancefloor as they battle it out to see who can raise the most money for the charity and who can pick up this year’s all-important Glitter Ball Trophy too.

Each participant has been partnered with a professional dancer, who has helped each contestant select a specific dance. All the amateurs have been working hard for weeks to perfect their individual routines, which range from the dramatic paso doble to a romantic waltz, ready to perform on the big night.

Brad Malone (pictured, lead image), from Liverpool, whose daughter Bella, aged two, attends Stick ‘n’ Step’s centre in Runcorn, will be dancing a jive to Reach for the Stars, with his professional partner Donna, from Silhouette Dance School.

It’s a real family affair, as Brad’s brother Peter, is also taking part in the competition, dancing a tango to Pokerface. Brad says, “I chose this song to dance to as the lyrics always make me think of Bella. Now she attends Stick ‘n’ Step I know she can realise her potential – she really can reach for the stars!”

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Sarah Curtis, head teacher at Meadow Community Primary School in Chester, will be dancing a Viennese waltz with professional dancer Mario from Turbo Dance, to the theme tune of Pirates of the Caribbean. Her best friend’s nephew has benefited from attending Stick ‘n’ Step for many years, and Sarah and her husband have supported the charity’s events as a result. 

Sarah & Mario

Sarah says, “I finally have the opportunity to tick one off from my bucket list and achieve my dream of dancing with a professional partner.  I get to wear the dress, complete with make-up and hair, and maybe the tan!

“To say I’m excited is an understatement but I’m also terrified! To make the experience complete, I am able to achieve my dream, whilst also raising money for a charity close to my heart  – Stick ‘n’ Step. Every blister, embarrassing moment and achy muscle will be worth it to give the amazing children who attend Stick ‘n’ Step a chance to achieve their dreams.”

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Martyna Hus, who lives in St Helens, will be dancing the paso doble with James from Silhouette Dance School. Her employer ALLpaQ, based in Widnes, is a big supporter of Stick ‘n’ Step.

Martyna and James

Martyna says, “I’m a fan of Strictly and a bigger fan of helping so I just thought – why not? Let’s get out of my comfort zone and do it! I had this great opportunity to meet Jo and the rest of the crew in Stick ‘n’ Step when I went to visit and they are doing an amazing job!

“It blew my mind how well organised they are. I saw happy, smiling kids who were taking small steps towards their independence, and it had such a warm feeling. As we are all aware the costs of living are very high right now so Stick ‘n’ Step (and all charities) need help fundraising their costs are high too. Stick ‘ns Step has great ideas for fundraising and I hope this Strictly event is not the last one that I will be involved with.”

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Tickets are available now for the event, where guests will enjoy a drinks reception upon arrival, followed by a three-course meal, before being treated to a showcase performance from the professional dancers and then the Strictly-style competition itself. There will be an auction and raffle too, to help fundraise further.

Tickets cost £75 per person or £700 for a table of 10. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to support the charity, donating an auction or raffle prize would be very much appreciated. Call Jo on 07843 961272 or email her at

Stick ‘n’ Step provides free weekly conductive education sessions to children and young people with cerebral palsy up to the age of 25, allowing them to gain the skills they need to live more independent lives. The charity relies on supporters and volunteers to help raise the £750,000 required to deliver its services to over 100 families each year at its Wallasey and Runcorn centres. Find out more about the charity by visiting

Image: Brad and Bella

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