Wednesday 21 November 2018

Strictly come Jive and Swing event raises thousands in aid of Hospice Care

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On Saturday night, the Spirella Ballroom in Letchworth opened its doors to hundreds of people for Garden House Hospice Care’s first ever dancing event, Strictly Come Jive & Swing.

Over the last 2 months, 5 couples and 2 individuals have been busy in the ballroom, learning how to Lindy-hop, Jive and Charleston with lessons from World Records holders JiveSwing.

Dancers took to the floor performing showstopping routines for the crowd and VIP judging panel including Editor for the Comet & Royston Crow Nick Gill, Hospice Chairman John Procter, Miss Hertfordshire Kate Gee-Finch and Stevenage Mayor Margaret Notley. Much like Strictly, the judging panel rated the dancers on technique, style, musicality and entertainment.

Event Organiser, Jake Amos commented:

“Huge thanks to all of our dancers for working so hard and pushing themselves out of their comfort zones all in aid of Hospice care. The routines, passion and commitment from all participants were incredible and ensured our first ever Strictly Come Jive & Swing event went off with a glittery bang!

“Thanks also to JiveSwing, the Spirella Ballroom, Hitchin Camera Club, Phillips Digital and to everyone else who supported this fantastic evening of dancing delights.”

Dancers included Jess Carter from Stevenage and Harry Folgate who works within the Fundraising Team at the Hospice. Dr Sarah Bell, Garden House Hospice Care Medical Director who took to the floor with her husband Reverend Terrance Bell, the vicar of Kings Walden, Offley and Lilley. Terrance had never danced before the training began, even at their wedding. Dr Sarah and Reverend Terrance have raised over £2,000 between them, smashing their fundraising target. Katie Simmons from Stevenage, a local business woman who manages 2 venues in Harpenden, runs a jewellery business and now dances in her spare time! Patricia Ling from Garden House Solicitors and Simon Lloyd a Chiropractor from Hertfordshire. Caroline Mayo, a Garden House Hospice Care patient and Graham who agreed to be her dance partner just 4 weeks ago! Claire Harding who took to the floor for a solo Charleston performance, wowing the panel. And competition winners Sharon Brown, a local solicitor at Tollers in Stevenage and her partner Harry Johnson, an IT sales executive, whose parents met for the first time at Strictly on Saturday.

With final fundraising totals being counted, the Hospice hopes to raise £10,000 in support of palliative care for the local community they serve.

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