Barclaycard staff raise £26k at dance show

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A ballroom dancing show organised by staff at Barclaycard in Northampton raised more than £26,000 for a children’s cancer charity.

The event raised money for the town branch of NCTLC, which helps children with leukaemia and cancer.

The trophy was won by marketing campaign manager for Barclaycard Consumer Europe, Siobhan Healey, and her semi-professional dancer partner, Graeme Hall.

The show was organised by Caroline Pugh, in conjunction with Step By Step Dance School.

Caroline said: “Congratulations, not only to Siobhan and Graeme for winning Strictly Barclaycard 2014, but for all the couples for taking part.

“The contestants had spent the past eight weeks in endless dance rehearsals in order to prepare themselves to take to the stage at the Deco Theatre, and the performances on the night didn’t disappoint. Siobhan’s fantastic American Smooth and Samba received the most votes on the night to see her take home the trophy.

“The standard was really high this year and everyone worked so hard. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported this year’s show.

“We have raised a huge amount of money for NC TLC Trust and everyone should feel so proud of themselves,” she added.

The charity said it was the biggest single donation it had received in its history.

Judges for the evening included two special guests – 2013 BBC Strictly Come Dancing winner Aljaž Skorjanec and his partner and fellow Strictly professional, Janette Manrara.

Caroline also gave thanks to Mockford Photography for taking pictures on the night and Adam Mann Productions, which filmed the show and will produce DVDs to raise additional money