PHOTO GALLERY: Strictly Northampton contestants set sights on raising money for nurses at Cynthia Spencer Hospice

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer
Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer
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Money raised from this year’s Strictly Northampton will be going toward the running of a new hospice at home team for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Strictly Northampton, which is sponsored by Aspers Casino, is taking place on Saturday, November 21, at Derngate and tickets are almost sold out for the charity event, which is the sixth of its kind.

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer

John Helm is fundraising manager of Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Spinney Hill, Northampton, and he turned up at the Strictly Northampton Sunday rehearsals at Step by Step Dance School in Henry Street to give the 23 competing couples words of thanks and encouragement.

He said: “£78,000 has been raised for Cynthia Spencer Hospice at the last two Strictly Northampton events, which is a terrific amount.

“The biggest expense for the hospice is having a nurse at the end of the bed, and Strictly Northampton has played a major part in the amount of care we can offer our patients.

“Currently, we are trying to raise £106,000 for a new hospice at home team and if we can hit £100,000, there is no reason why we wouldn’t have covered that hospice at home team from Strictly Northampton.

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer

“Everyone taking part has to juggle other things going on in their lives, from home to work, and this is a massive pressure, so I wish all of you well.”

Each contestant in this year’s contest has been set an individual target of £1,000, which will all go to Cynthia Spencer Hospice, along with money raised from ticket sales and text voting on the night.

Two of the contestants have already hit their £1,000 target: Bipin Patel and Kate Owens, and £11,982 has been raised by the contestants so far.

Fundraising taking place by the competitors includes a Casuals Do Strictly on Saturday, November 14, which is being organised by Tina Kitchener.

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer

She said: “Rugby players from the first and second teams will be dressing up and having a go at Ballroom and Latin dancing. And there will be a rugby ball decorated as a glitter ball for the evening, which starts at 7pm and is free for anyone to attend.”

And you can have your photograph professionally taken with former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Robin Windsor, who will be judging Strictly Northampton, on the night for £10, £5 of which goes to Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer

Rehearsals for Strictly Northampton, sponsored by Aspers Casino, at the Step By Step Dance School in Henry Street Picture: Martin Farmer