The quest to find prospective dancers for Strictly Northampton 2015 has begun after details of this year’s show sponsor were revealed.
A total of £36,631,67 was raised for Cynthia Spencer Hospice last year with donations from local sponsors, audience members and contestants’ own fundraising efforts.
Previously organised by the Chronicle & Echo, the show has now been taken over, in full, by Step By Step Dance School, based in Northampton. The school has provided the professional dance partners and training for the show since it began in 2010 .
Continuing headline sponsors Aspers Casino in Northampton this week held a coffee morning in aid of Cynthia Spencer where the final cheque of last year’s proceeds was handed to the charity.
Local groups, including Northampton BID, TESS Group and Age UK attended the coffee morning, falling in National Coffee Week, to pledge their support for this year’s event and enjoy cakes baked by Aspers staff.
An Aspers spokesman said: “We are more than just a casino. We are all about entertainment and Cynthia Spencer is our main associated charity, so getting involved with Strictly is a no-brainer for us.
“While we were headline sponsors last year, the fantastic total raised was down to the support of the general public.
“We are now looking for dancers to get involved this year, including someone from our own floor staff.”
Step by Step dancers also made an appearance, as well as some who have had experience with the charity.
Debbie Bradshaw, from Harlestone Road in St James, said: “I lost my mother-in-law and father-in-law to cancer, and two years ago my husband. Cynthia Spencer were marvellous to him.
“We used to visit Aspers quite frequently and they were very good to us – they even organised a little party to support him when he was ill.”
Editor of the Chron, David Summers, said: “We have had a great time being involved in Strictly Northampton and I would like to thank all those individuals, companies and groups that have supported the event since it was launched in 2010.
“After five shows, and more than £150,000 raised for charity, I have decided that the time is right to step aside and I am delighted that Step By Step Dance School will continue Strictly Northampton.”
If you would like to take part in this year’s show, please email Andrzej Mialkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org