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2015 Review

Strictly Corby

2015 review

 

The Strictly Corby 2015 event held at the Best Western Rockingham Forest hotel on Friday 16th October was an amazing success raising a whopping £34,000 for Lakelands Hospice. The total smashed last year’s previous best by almost £1000 and provided a fantastic night’s entertainment for the sell out crowd of over 450 people. The event was also broadcast live over the airwaves and screened live via the internet by the Corby Radio team. 

This 2015 winner was Carl Turner Fountain who was representing Team Andy Hall & Lakelands Hospice and his professional partner Laura Scriven, the dancers were awarded points for the amount of funds they raised in the lead up to and on the night and these where added to the judges scores for their dancing performances, the two scores combined gave Carl and Laura the overall title. 

Carl commented “It was hard work and very time consuming but a fantastic experience, the atmosphere on the night was electric although I was very nervous, I was very proud to win it for Team Andy Hall. When the winners were announced it was worth all the effort, it’s also a very proud feeling to have helped raise so much money for a great cause. “ 

Runners up this year were James Longley representing Utility Bidder & Corby Town FC and his partner Tori Nowlan who danced a brilliant Dirty Dance medley as their show dance. James also broke the individual fundraising record by raising well over £5k. In third place overall was David Renshaw representing Lloyds Bank Corby and his partner Donna Collins who performed to rapturous applause from the partisan crowd. 

Both James and David commented on what an awesome experience it was and that they are both looking to continue taking dance lessons in the future. Owner of Mashdance School of dance Shelley Davis who provided the professionals for the event commented “I was really pleased with the quality of the dancing, there were some very technical dance routines performed to a high standard, it was also amazing to have helped Lakelands raise such a fantastic amount”

If anyone is interested in taking up ballroom and Latin dancing you can find all the details on the MaSH dance website. 

Patricia Reid representing RS Components and her partner Terry West took away the Best Show dance award on the night awarded by the judges for their stunning routine “Café Rendezvous” whilst Nikki Rawson representing Morrison’s Corby and her partner Mike Gayle were awarded the “Spirit of Strictly” title given to the couple who have had the most interesting journey. Organizer Paul Marlow commented “Nikki was a really enthusiastic contestant and threw herself into the practice routines, wherever they could find a space they danced.”

Nikki who was delighted with her award said “At first I was really hesitant about taking part and needed a bit of cajoling, but once we got into the training I really enjoyed the whole experience, it was a real challenge but this makes it all worthwhile”. 

Lakelands fundraising manager Paul Marlow, whose team organize the whole event in aid of the hospice commented “We are all stunned to have beaten last year’s total by £1000, it’s a truly amazing effort by all of the dancers who really pulled together as a team to put on a professional show. This event really captures the Corby public’s imagination with the tickets selling out in just over ten minutes. The feedback from all quarters has been fantastic; The Mashdance Pop-tarts, Queens of Cardio and Vicki Louise Sherwin who performed in the intervals went down a storm and I’ve even had several people approach me after the show to put themselves forward for 2016!” 

The amount raised will go to helping Lakelands raise their annual total of £475k which with no NHS or government funding is a vital step forward in making their goals. 

Paul said “There are so many people to thank, it’s a real team effort, but without the support of the people of the Corby Borough who continue to get behind everything we do we wouldn’t be where we are today”.

 

 

 

2016 Review

Strictly Corby

2016 review 

Strictly Corby 2016 event  was held at the Best Western Rockingham Forest hotel on Friday, October 14, and raised a whopping £58,000 for Lakelands Hospice. The Butland Road hospice organises and runs the event in conjunction with Mash School of Dance. The total smashed last year’s previous best by an amazing £23,000 and provided a fantastic night’s entertainment for the sell-out crowd of more than 450 people.

Winners were Emma Hall, who was representing Team Andy Hall and Lakelands Hospice, and her professional partner Anthony Bazin.

All the dancers were awarded points for the amount of funds they raised in the lead-up to and on the night and these were added to the judges’ scores for their dancing performances. The two scores combined gave Emma and Anthony the overall title.

Emma said: “It was hard work and very time-consuming but a fantastic experience. “The atmosphere on the night was electric and although I was very nervous, I was very proud to win it for Team Andy Hall. “When the winners were announced it was worth all the effort. “It’s also a very proud feeling to have helped raise so much money for a great cause that has meant so much to my family “

Runners-up this year were Simon Wright, representing The UE Group, and his partner Emily Head who danced a brilliant Frozen routine as their show dance. Simon also broke the individual fundraising record by raising almost £12,000 and won the Vic Hardy Cup for best Fundraiser.

In third place overall were Bob Dent, representing Lakelands Hospice, and his partner Donna Collins who performed to rapturous applause from the crowd. Both Simon and Bob commented on what an awesome experience it was and that they are both looking to continue taking dance lessons in the future.

Owner of Mash School of Dance Shelley Davis, who provided the professional dancers for the event, said: “I was really pleased with the quality of the dancing, there were some very technical dance routines performed to a high standard. “It was also amazing to have helped Lakelands raise such a fantastic amount.”

Emma and Anthony also took away the Best Show dance award on the night awarded by the judges for their stunning Charleston routine, while Sam Cruickshank, representing RS Corby, and her partner John Ashton were awarded the “Spirit of Strictly” title given to the couple who have had the most interesting journey.

Organiser and Lakelands fundraising manager Paul Marlow said: “Sam was a really enthusiastic contestant and threw herself into the practice routines – wherever they could find a space they danced.” Sam, who was delighted with her award, said: “At first I was really hesitant about taking part and needed a bit of cajoling, but once we got into the training I really enjoyed the whole experience. “It was a real challenge but this makes it all worthwhile.”

Paul, whose team organise the whole event in aid of the hospice, added: “We are all stunned to have beaten last year’s total by a whopping £23,000. “It’s a truly amazing effort by all of the dancers who really pulled together as a team to put on a professional show. “This event really captures the Corby public’s imagination, with the tickets selling out in just over 10 minutes. “The feedback from all quarters has been fantastic; The Mash Dance Pop-tarts, MDP and the Strictly revisited gang who performed in the intervals went down a storm and I’ve even had several people approach me after the show to put themselves forward for 2017.” The amount raised will go to helping Lakelands raise its annual total needed of £525,000. 

Strictly 2016 Emma

 

2017 Review

Strictly Corby

2017 review  

LAKELANDS STRICTLY CORBY 2017 SMASHES EVENT RECORD FOR THE FOURTH YEAR RUNNING 

 The Strictly Corby event was held at the Best Western Rockingham Forest hotel on Friday 13th October 2017 and was an incredible success once again breaking the previous year’s total and so far, raising a whopping £66,000 for Lakelands Hospice who organize and run the event in conjunction with Mashdance. The total smashed last year’s previous best by an amazing £8k and provided a fantastic night’s entertainment for the sell-out lively crowd of over 490 people. The event was also broadcast live over the airwaves and screened live via the internet by the Corby Radio team. 

Strictly Corby has now raised over £240k for Lakelands in its seven-year history.

This year’s winner was Stacey Fotheringham who was representing Team Lynn & Lakelands Hospice and her professional partner Seamus Kelly, the dancers were awarded points for the amount of funds they raised in the lead up to and on the night and these where added to the judges scores for their dancing performances, the two scores combined gave Stacey and Seamus the overall title.

Stacey commented “The ten weeks training and fundraising was an incredible journey, hard work and very time consuming but a fantastic experience, the atmosphere on the night was electric although I was very nervous, I was very proud to win it for Team Lynn. Individually I raised £10,832.00 for Lakelands which makes me very proud and honoured to be crowned Strictly Corby champion. 

Runners up this year were Chris Turner representing Team Andy Hall and his partner Shelley Davies who danced a brilliant Friday the 13th routine as their show dance complete with extravagant props. Chris commented “It was an amazing experience, something I’ll never forget”

In third place overall was Debbie Keith representing Lakelands Hospice in memory of a special man Adam Winkworth and her dance partner John Ashton with an energetic country themed show dance, Debbie also took home the Vic Hardy Cup for best Fundraiser raising a jaw dropping individual amount of £11,032.00. Debbie commented “Taking part in Strictly Corby is one of the best things I’ve ever done, I’m immensely proud of the amount raised and fully intend to keep on dancing”

Owner of Mashdance School of dance Shelley Davis who provided the professionals for the event commented “All of the Mashdance professionals give up their time for free and I was really pleased with the quality of the dancing, there were some very technical dance routines performed to a high standard, it was also amazing to have helped Lakelands raise such a fantastic amount over the past seven years”

If anyone is interested in taking up ballroom and Latin dancing you can find all the details on the MaSH dance website.

Eleanor Springham and her partner Terry West took away the Best Show dance award on the night awarded by the judges for their stunning Burlesque routine which scored a perfect ten from each of the judges, whilst Dan Pickard representing Willow Place Corby and his partner Liz Rogers were awarded the “Spirit of Strictly” title given to the couple who have had the most interesting journey. Organizer Paul Marlow commented “Dan was a really enthusiastic contestant and was so supportive towards the whole group in rehearsals, a fully deserved award”.

Dan who was delighted with his award said, “The Strictly experience has been a real hoot and such good fun, I’d recommend it to anyone to get involved”.

Lakelands fundraising manager Paul Marlow, whose team organize the whole event in aid of the hospice commented “We are all stunned to have beaten last year’s total by an incredible £8k, it’s a real team effort by so many people especially by all of the dancers who really pulled together as a team to put on a professional show. This event really captures the Corby public’s imagination with the tickets selling out in just over ten minutes. The feedback from all quarters has been fantastic; The Mashdance Chooitz, MDP and the Strictly revisited gang who performed in the intervals went down a storm and I’ve even had several people approach me after the show to put themselves forward for 2018”

All the photos of the amazing night can be viewed at www.mikebrownphotographic.co.uk

The amount raised will go to helping Lakelands raise their annual total of £525k which with no NHS or government funding is a vital step forward in making their goals.

Paul said “There are so many people to thank, it’s a real team effort, but without the support of the people of the Corby Borough who continue to get behind everything we do we wouldn’t be where we are today”.

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