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Strictly St. Rocco's

Last event: 10 December 2017, next event not scheduled

Our glitziest fundraiser returns on Sunday 10th December!

Once again we will be at the Mere Resort & Spa with all the sparkle, pzazz and fabulous moves that our enthusiastic audience expects!

We're very grateful to Cadmans Dance School who have once again supported us and we are delighted that this year's event is being sponsored by Rybrook Jaguar.

So, here is this year's line up of ten fabulous volunteers all hoping to raise the glitterball in triumph and raise as much money as possible towards patient care. Please support them by sponsoring them if you can.

 

Vicky HewittVicky Hewitt, Marketing Executive for Rybrook Jaguar
Dancing the American Smooth with professional dancer Chris

JustGiving Link:

http://www.justgiving.com/VickyHewitt-StrictlyStRoccos2017

 1.Why did you decide to get involved in Strictly St Rocco’s

The team at St Rocco’s have asked me to take part a number of times over the last few years, this time I thought I'd say yes and enjoy the experience.

A number of years ago I lost a very close friend, Jane Ashton, she took me under her wing at a point in my life when things weren't easy. We went everywhere together, we laughed & cried, shared some tough times. In the last few weeks of her life she stayed at St Rocco's Hospice, where her every need was taken care of, with love & laughter.

Not only did they look after Jane allowing her to slip away peacefully and with dignity, they supported her immediate family. Not being close family I wasn’t expecting to receive any support from the hospice, I couldn't have been more wrong! The hand of support & care was extended to me as much as her family and for that I will be forever grateful.

Over the years I've taken part in the Starlight Walk, Colour Run and through the company I work for, Rybrook Jaguar, we have sponsored the annual golf day......now I have agreed to take part in 'Strictly St Rocco's’.

2. What is your previous dancing experience and how are you feeling about dancing?

I have a little dance experience, I did have a couple of lessons in my 20's but that was a long time ago!

3. What are you hoping the experience of dancing for St. Rocco’s is going to be like?

I'm hoping the St Rocco’s Strictly experience is going to be fun when it actually quite scary at the moment! I am looking forward to learning my dance and seeing what everyone else is doing! I also hope I will raise a reasonable amount of money for the Hospice. 

 

Carl PalmerCarl Palmer, Managing Director for Urban Building Projects Ltd.
Dancing the Salsa with professional dancer Natalie

JustGiving Link:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/carl-palmer6

 1. Why did you decide to get involved in Strictly St Rocco’s? 

I first started working with St. Rocco’s in 2016 when I came on board to help with their tree collection. I’ve visited the hospice a number of times and it’s heart-warming to see the difference that St. Rocco’s makes to the patients and their families. I had a table at last year`s event I was totally blown away, it was a great night. I had no choice to enter as Robert and Zachery nominated me….

I attended Strictly St. Rocco's last year and I was totally blown away, it was great night and after being nominated by last year’s winner Rob Foden and the runner up, Zac Clements, I couldn't say no.

So ........ on Sunday 10th December I'll have my fake tan, put on my sequin shirt and perform the Salsa with my professional dancer to an audience of  almost 400 guests.

2.What is your previous dancing experience and how are you feeling about dancing?

I was known as `Snakehips` on the dance floor at Warrington’s fondly remembered nightclub, Mr Smiths, a real fast and furious mover…

I`m really looking forward to the night, it will be nerve racking but bring it on!

3. What are you hoping the experience of dancing for St. Rocco’s is going to be like?

I want everyone to have a great night and to raise as much money as possible towards patient care.

 

Liz PrestonLiz Preston, CEO of Agility Logistics Solutions
Dancing the Waltz with professional dancer Phil

JustGiving Link: 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elizabeth-preston1

 1. Why did you decide to get involved in Strictly St Rocco’s?

A close friend invited me to last year’s Strictly at Mere and I found it to be a wonderful evening and more importantly I learned so much about St Rocco's and the exceptional care provided to the patients and support to relatives at a terrible time. I was moved by how hard everyone works to ensure that it is a fabulous and positive place that can look after people at their time of greatest need. When I was given the opportunity to take part this year I jumped at it as I know it will raise lots of much needed funds.

I think most people who know me are aware that I am a Strictly Come Dancing fan. Autumn would not be the same without the Saturday night show and my weekly fix of It Takes Two!  So I am honoured to have been asked to dance (with a professional dancer!) at Strictly St Rocco's this year. I am working hard at my lessons with my partner Phil, a 5 times British National Champion no less.

2. What is your previous dancing experience and how are you feeling about dancing?

I went to ballroom dancing lessons as a youngster but have not done much dancing for over 40 years as I married a non-dancer. So I am nervous and excited about dancing. I have had 2 lessons so far and realise how unfit I am! But it has been fun so far.

3. What are you hoping the experience of dancing for St. Rocco’s is going to be like?

I am asking everyone I know to dig deep and sponsor me as I'm trying to raise as much as I can for this great charity.  I am hoping and expecting it to be a wonderful evening. I am going to work to show I have learned a fabulous dance, which is an added bonus for me. 

 

Martyn GrimleyMartyn Grimley, Director, Warriner & Co, Ex-Olympic Hockey Gold Medallist
Dancing the Quickstep with professional dancer Asha

Just Giving Link: 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/martyn-grimley


1.     Why did you decide to get involved in Strictly St Rocco’s?

 I have always tried to raise funds for worthy causes throughout my sporting career. I have done many speaking events and donated any fees to various charities. The opportunity to try and raise both funds and awareness of St Rocco's was afforded to me by my neighbour, Ian McKinnon former Strictly St Rocco's dancer and supporter of St Rocco's who suggested it when we attended last year’s event. I also work in Warrington, have visited St Rocco's so understand clearly the great work they do in the community. The two forces came together and hey presto I'm working hard not to embarrass anyone and getting all glittery for a fantastic cause.

2.     What is your previous dancing experience and how are you feeling about dancing?

I like a good dance, when the lights are low and the evening has got to the stage when nobody cares anymore! Other than that not a lot, I'm afraid!

3.     What are you hoping the experience of dancing for St. Rocco’s is going to be like?

I'm hoping it will be fulfilling and achieve the fundraising targets that we have all set ourselves. I know, because I'm dancing every week that it's hard work and terribly nerve racking. My stomach goes every time I think about it! In the dim and distant past I've played Hockey for Great Britain 178 times and won a Gold Medal at the Seoul Olympics in front of 50,000 people to boot. I can honestly say I wasn't this nervous at any point during my hockey playing career. Just shows what happens when you step out of your comfort zone! Fingers crossed we all get through it without without any trip ups, everyone has a great time and we get to raise money for such a great a local organisation that I'm truly honoured to try and do something for.

 

Stacey Higgins MartinStacey Higgins-Martin, Senior Recruitment Consultant at Zachary Daniels Recruitment

Dancing the Jive with professional dancer Paul

JustGiving Link: 

http://www.justgiving.com/StaceyHMStrictly

1. Why did you decide to get involved in Strictly St Rocco’s?

St Rocco’s holds an extremely special place in my & my family’s heart. The hospice looked after both my Grandads during their final days, & supported my family during the difficult time, as they do with many families in Warrington.

Ever since I have been doing as much each year to raise as much money as I possibly can for the hospice, along with volunteering whenever I can. I have run over 100 miles for St Rocco’s, along with a sponsored Skydive & also helped out at many a Colour Run & Starlight Ladies Walk… along with being a Community Volunteer.

I was a guest at last year’s Strictly as my Director, Zac Clements took part and was runner up.  It was such a great night & great to see so many people all glitzed up to support St. Rocco’s. I’m not quite sure how it happened but here I am..  a contestant! This will be my biggest personal challenge to date..  bring it on!

This is for you - Grandad Bill & Grandad Pool - Wish me luck!

2. What is your previous dancing experience and how are you feeling about dancing?

I used to go to ballet once a week when I was around 10 years old & the odd boogie after a couple of Proseccos!.. That is my dancing experience!  I’m nervous but also excited about dancing. I love to challenge myself! 

3. What are you hoping the experience of dancing for St. Rocco’s is going to be like?

I am looking forward to an exciting new challenge & the opportunity to learn a new skill. I’m expecting it to be hard work but also lots of fun & at the same time raising as much money as possible for St Rocco’s. I’m already dreading the nerves that I’m sure will be there on the night! 

 

Chris DowneyChris Downey, Manager at Catherine Street Motors
Dancing the Charleston with professional dancer Holly

JustGiving Link: 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-downey83

 1.Why did you decide to get involved in Strictly St Rocco’s? 

I have been to the event now for the past 3 years as a spectator and always quite fancied making the transition to be one of the dancers. It is always a great night and I'm really looking forward to getting my dancing shows out and being more involved this year. Lots of family, friends and colleagues will be attending the event so I need to put as much effort in as possible to prevent embarrassment!

I will be performing the Charleston dance and I will be trying to raise as much money as possible. This is completely out of my comfort zone but as it is for such a great cause I have gladly accepted the challenge.

2. What is your previous dancing experience and how are you feeling about dancing?

My previous experience of dancing would be after several drinks on a Saturday night but I have never done anything quite like this. I'm really looking forward to the challenge and experiencing something new. I have a few close friends and family that have competed in previous years so have gained some valuable advice from them. At the end of the day I'm going to try my best and have as much fun as possible and enjoy the whole experience as it’s for such a great cause.

3. What are you hoping the experience of dancing for St. Rocco’s is going to be like?

My main objective is to raise as much money as possible for St. Roccols and anything else that I can learn along the way is a complete bonus!

 

Lilliana Ciccarelli AlboretoLiliana Ciccarelli Alboreto, St. Rocco’s Hospice
Dancing the Tango with professional dancer Alex

Just Giving Link: 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liliana-ciccarelli

1.      Why did you decide to get involved in Strictly St Rocco’s?

The idea of taking part was very fascinating.  I’ve worked at St. Rocco’s Hospice for 4 ½ years and I think it’s a great place to work.  All the staff try very hard to make it a special place for patients and their family and if anyone I knew ever needed the care offered here, I want St. Rocco’s to be there for them. 

We can’t change people’s destiny but we can support them and their families along the way.

2.      What is your previous dancing experience and how are you feeling about dancing?

My previous dancing experience is after a couple of glasses of wine at the weekend!  I love dancing, in my head I think I’m a fantastic dancer but my body does not agree!

3.      What are you hoping the experience of dancing for St. Rocco’s is going to be like?

I'm really looking forward to raising lots of money for patients and families at St. Rocco's and I’m looking forward to the night and feeling like a VIP in the spotlight for the evening.

 

Andy MarshAndy Marsh, Senior Buyer for Countryside
Dancing the Paso Doble with professional dancer Amy

JustGiving Link: 

http://www.justgiving.com/Andy-Marsh11

1.     Why did you decide to get involved in Strictly St Rocco’s?

I got involved due my previous experience with St Rocco’s and the great work they do in difficult circumstances. After seeing first-hand how they cared for my Mum, I was so impressed and grateful, so when any event comes up I am always happy to help.

I was asked to enter Strictly St Rocco's and said ‘yes’ without thinking. It was only after a few weeks that I realised I had signed up to dance in front of hundreds of people at an amazing event, that's when the nerves kicked in. I can’t dance, I have no rhythm and 2 left feet, but the training has been fantastic and I am absolutely loving it. It is so far out of my comfort zone; to go from the rugby field to the ballroom is a great step, but to raise money and help St Rocco's is well worth the change.

I’m hoping everyone will give generously to see me rise to the challenge of turning me into a dancer.

2.     What is your previous dancing experience and how are you feeling about dancing?

I have absolutely no previous experience apart from rather merry nights in bars and clubs. Coming from a rugby background, ballroom dancing could not be further out of my comfort zone.

3.     What are you hoping the experience of dancing for St. Rocco’s is going to be like?

I am really looking forward to the night and really enjoying the lessons so far. I am hoping that I am not too nervous and don’t let Amy down as she has put a lot of effort into the routine. I can’t wait for the evening as I don’t think my wife, Helen, and my sons actually believe I will look remotely like a dancer and I can’t wait to see everyone's faces when I get all 10s!

 

Sue AshtonSue Ashton, Director, Village Saddlery/Interstate Hotels
Dancing the Samba with professional dancer Lewis

Just Giving Story: 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sue-ashton5 

1.      Why did you decide to get involved in Strictly St Rocco’s?

My Mum was in St Rocco’s a few years ago. I, like many people had a preconceived idea about what a hospice would be like - how wrong could I have been!  

St Rocco’s made what was a really tough time, very special for both my Mum and our family, and I would like to try and raise a bit of money so that they can support other families in the same way.

For those people that know me, they will know I avoid the dance floor at all costs, so to dance in a competition in front of an audience is so not my thing! But to try to do something to help a fantastic place like St Rocco's has been important to me since they made the time my Mum spent there so special with their exceptional level of care & understanding.  And as a massive ‘Strictly’ fan my Mum would have loved this.

2.      What is your previous dancing experience and how are you feeling about dancing?

Absolutely none!!  I am that person who makes every excuse not to get up and dance at parties.  My first lessons have reminded me why that is!!!

Agreeing to dance in this year’s 'Strictly St Rocco's’ seemed like a good idea at the time.  “It will be fine,” I thought, “They won't give the jive or the samba to an old bird like me”.  Wrong!!  I got the samba! 

3.      What are you hoping the experience of dancing for St. Rocco’s is going to be like?

I want it to be fun, and hopefully introduce me to a new way of keeping fit for a lifetime.

 

Jordan MooreJordan Moore, Financial Consultant for Deloitte
Dancing the Cha Cha with professional dancer Charlotte

JustGiving Link:

http://www.justgiving.com/StrictlyJordan

1.     Why did you decide to get involved in Strictly St Rocco’s?

I was asked to get involved by a friend who is a trustee of St Rocco’s and danced last year. I have also been to the event previously and seen what a great evening it is, how much money is raised and what a great cause it goes to. I had to say yes. 

Last year I donned spandex and cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for the British Paralympic Association. I never thought I'd be getting the spandex on again for charity, but I am, and this time there's glitter involved...

The event has been running annually for a few years now and is one of the largest fundraisers for St. Rocco’s, so in order to keep that going I hope everyone I know will be supporting me with lots of donations. The money raised goes a very long way to helping the individuals and families for whom the hospice provides care and support

2.     What is your previous dancing experience and how are you feeling about dancing?

No professional dancing experience, or even amateur for that matter... although I have been known to throw a few shapes after several beers. The dance I have been given is the Cha Cha Cha which is a very quick routine with plenty of hip action, so watch this space!

3.     What are you hoping the experience of dancing for St. Rocco’s is going to be like?

I’m hoping it won’t be too painful for everyone to watch. I think it’s going to be a challenge but fingers crossed I will have had enough practice to put on an entertaining performance!