Record year as Strictly Northampton raises £44,000 for Cynthia Spencer Hospice

Strictly Northampton 2015

Strictly Northampton 2015

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A staggering £44,000 was raised at this year’s Strictly Northampton, making it the largest amount raised since the charity contest started in 2010.

The show took place at Derngate in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 1,200 people and panel of judges, including former BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Robin Windsor.

Strictly Northampton 2015

Strictly Northampton 2015

It was sponsored by Aspers Casino, of Commercial Street, Northampton, and the money raised is for Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton.

Twenty-three couples performed Ballroom and Latin routines to battle it out for the glitter ball trophy. Many of the contestants had never danced on stage before.

The event was organised by international champion dancer Andrzej Mialkowski, founder of Step by Step Dance School in Henry Street, Northampton.

Polish-born Mr Mialkowski said he was amazed by how much had been raised and thanked everyone who had supported the event in some way.

He said: “I am very very pleased; it was an absolutely fantastic weekend. The people who were in it really worked their socks off from day one and put their heart and soul into the contest. It’s a beautiful feeling raising so much money for such a good cause.

“We do 10 Strictlies a year and have raised more than £700,000 at them and this is the biggest amount a single one has raised. It’s amazing.

“It’s makes me feel good knowing I came to this country without being able to speak the language.

“I could not do it without the support of my fantastic team of people at Step by Step, all the dancers and contestants.”

Mr Mialkowski said they are already looking for contestants to take part in Strictly Northampton 2016. Anyone interested should email strictly2016@danceschool-stepbystep.com