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Strictly St. Rocco's

9th December 2018

Our glitziest fundraiser returns on Sunday 9th December!

Once again our superstar volunteer dancers will be tripping the light fantastic with their professional partners at the Mere Golf Resort and Spa to raise vital funds to support our patients and families.

Here's a flavour of last year's event

Strictly St. Rocco’s Raises A Sparkling £60,000 towards patient care

It was described in advance as being a fabulous evening of sass and sparkle and Strictly St. Rocco’s 2017 certainly didn’t disappoint. Over 400 guests packed out the James Braid Suite at the Mere Golf Resort and Spa  to watch ten amateur dancers take to the floor. They were accompanied by professional partners from Cadmans Dance School, supporting the event for the fifth year, who helped them to show off their newly acquired dance skills.

As well as putting on a dazzling display of dance the volunteers, all drawn from local Warrington businesses and organisations, were encouraged to raise as much sponsorship as possible towards patient care at St. Rocco’s. This year the audience was able to hear first-hand about the difference that support makes to patients and families when Chris Patino, whose wife was cared for by staff at St. Rocco’s, spoke about his family’s experience. Guests responded generously and over £64,000 was pledged, the highest amount ever for the event.

The dancers had worked incredibly hard and the high standard impressed the judges including Cadman’s new Principal, Victoria Bennett, Ralph Casson, Wayne Newhouse and last year’s winner, Rob Foden.  All the dancers achieved high scores but it was Chris Downey, General Manager at Catherine Street Motors and his professional partner, Holly Hewitt, who secured four tens for their exhilarating Charleston. It was down to the audience vote, however, combined with the judges’ scores, to determine who lifted the coveted glitterball trophy. In the event, the crowd agreed with the judges and Chris and Holly were crowned Strictly St. Rocco’s champions 2017 and presented with the trophy by Roger Carroll from Rybrook Jaguar.

Celebrations continued as the dancers were joined by the audience on the dance floor for a mass Merengue lesson led by Wayne Newhouse before dancing the night away to the sounds of the Chris O’Grady Roadshow.

“We’re over the moon with the response at this year’s Strictly St. Rocco’s,” said Fundraising Manager Lauren Tilston, “The dancers must be congratulated for their commitment and dedication, not only to learning to dance, but also for the fantastic amount they have raised through their sponsorship efforts. The audience has been incredibly generous and it is wonderful that we have raised more than ever before to help our patients and families. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us in whatever way for this year’s event.”

As always, thoughts are already turning towards next year’s event so keep an eye out to see who will be in the Strictly St. Rocco’s spotlight in 2018!