Strictly Come Dancing raises over £18,000 for St Peter’s Hospice
Published on: 28 Mar 2016
BRISTOL’s own Strictly Come Dancing competition raised more than £18,000 for St Peter’s Hospice.
Twelve couples took part in the final, after taking part in just nine weeks of professional dance training.
The winners were Jenny Hall from St George and Cameron Milne from Clifton, who impressed the packed audience and judges Sunetra Sarker from Casualty, Jack Ashton from Call the Midwife and instructors Sue and Andrew from Burroughs Dance Centre with their Charleston and quickstep.
Among those taking part were Pete Tiley and Sadie Spikes, from The Boutique Art House B & B in Downend Road, Fishponds, who raised nearly £2,000, and were thrilled to be awarded a set of 8s from the judges.
Sadie said: “It was a wonderful and challenging experience.We have learned so much along the way, met some great people and supported a wonderful cause.”
The couple, who had never done any ballroom dancing before, said their new shared hobby proved tougher than they had anticipated – not least because Pete is 6ft 4in and Sadie is 5ft 2in.
“I had to take two steps for every one of his! I tried putting heels on but still only came up to his chest,” said Sadie.
“We both love dancing, but freestyle. This is a very different skill. We had different approaches and learning styles too. Pete is an engineer so he is very technical, whereas as an artist I am more visual.
“It’s fine when you are dancing with the teachers – they are brilliant at taking you through the steps – but at home in your own kitchen, being flung into tables and the cooker, it is a slight recipe for disaster!
“The dance-off was quite scary too, but the finalists were brilliant, especially the winners, Jenny and Cam. We are so grateful to everyone who supported us, especially the team at the Cross Hands pub, who gave their upstairs room for free as a practice space.”
St Peter’s Hospice event fundraiser Maria del Carmen Moon Park said: “Huge congratulations to Jenny and Cameron who have worked so hard during dance training to be able to perform at the finale in front of all of their friends and family.
“The final 12 couples have all done an amazing job and I’m so proud of all of them. They were quite nervous to dance live in front of a full audience but they all put on a really great show.
“The event has been a huge success for the hospice; it’s the third time we’ve held the competition and to raise such a brilliant amount is very rewarding and will mean a lot to the people we support.”
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day. For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.
Maria continued: “This fundraiser was something slightly different for people to get involved in and a great opportunity for people to raise money for the hospice while doing something really fun! It was great to see the dancers progress and shake their stuff at the finale.”
For more information about St Peter’s Hospice fundraising events visit www.stpetershospice.org