Cerebral palsy charity Stick ‘n’ Step has held its first-ever ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ themed fundraising event at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool and raised over £15,000 and counting.
Eight volunteers, each partnered with a professional dancer from Craig Jones’ famous School of Ballroom and Latin, based in Liverpool, put on their dancing shoes and strutted their stuff on the dancefloor. Each contestant had 10 lessons over a couple of months to perfect a dance routine and the results were incredible.
18-year-old Sonny, from Oxton, Wirral, who has cerebral palsy and has attended Stick ‘n’ Step since he was eight years old, won the People’s Choice award for his beautiful waltz with his professional partner Giles. Stick ‘n’ Step supporter, Di Harris, from fitsteps, partnered with Tudor Balam, won the glitterball trophy for her amazing paso doble dance.
Guests enjoyed a three-course meal before being treated to a showcase performance from the professional dancers and then the Strictly-style competition itself. An auction and a raffle rounded off the evening.
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 www.sticknstep.org
Image: The Stick ‘n’ Step Strictly contestants and their professional dance partners