2015 Strictly St. Rocco's ballroom dancing event raises £60,000
PUBLISHED: 11:49 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:49 01 February 2016
Sequins and sparkles, lights and music created the glitziest event on the fundraising calendar of St Rocco's Hospice.
2015 Strictly St. Rocco’s
113 – Eric Russell and Irene Russell with St. Rocco’s nurse Tracy Griffin
231 – Lisa Wigglesworth performing the salsa with Ian Simmonds
294 – Phil Evans and Amy Hancock performed a beautiful Waltz
595 – Wrexham FC player Mark Carrington with Holly Hewitt performing a sultry Rumba
The winners, Hayley Smith, with Alex Whyatt. Their energetic Cha Cha Cha, took the Strictly St. Rocco’s crown for 2015.
795 – Ian Mackinnon with dance partner Natalie Goodier
823 – Margaret Evans and dance partner Chris Milward bow to the cheering crowd
824 – Paul Cockcroft with dance partner Jude dancing the Samba
832 – The judges: L-R: Les Dennis, Victoria Bennett, Ralph Casson and Ben Dunne
840 – L-R: MC Malcolm Kindon, host Tracy Griffiths, host Roger Phillips
860 – Anna Chrystal completed a dramatic drop at the end of her tango with Wayne Newhouse
869 – winners Hayley Smith and Alex Whyatt delivered an energetic Cha Cha Cha
887 – Ian Mackinnon and Natalie Goodier performing the Charleston
The dances with their medals
972 – Hayley and Alex celebrate being named winners
Strictly St. Rocco’s at The Mere in Knutsford gave eight amateur dancers the fabulous opportunity of taking to the floor with professional partners.
They were cheered on by an audience whose generosity helped the evening raise a staggering £60,000 for the hospice.
The event, sponsored by retail recruitment consultants Zachary Daniels, is based on the popular BBC1 series and featured Coronation Street star Les Dennis as a special guest judge, alongside last year’s winner Ben Dunne – Head at Penketh High - and dance experts Ralph Casson and Victoria Bennett.
Professional dancers were supplied by Cadman’s Dance School in Sale, who have supported the event for the last three years. The evening was hosted by radio personality Roger Phillips and businesswoman and dancer Tracy Griffiths.
Hayley Smith, Editor of the Warrington Guardian, danced with Alex Whyatt and won over the judges and audience with her energetic Cha Cha Cha, taking the Strictly St. Rocco’s crown for 2015.
Hospice patron Ian Mackinnon was named runner-up for his cheeky Charleston, pairing up with professional dancer Natalie Goodier to deliver an entertaining finale.
Lauren Tilston, fundraising manager at St. Rocco’s, said: ‘We are absolutely staggered by how much money was raised by this year’s event, doubling what was raised in 2014 .It really was a night to remember and on behalf of all at St. Rocco’s I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to such a successful occasion.’