On Saturday 25th September, our Strictly St. Joseph's dancers took to the dance floor at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool to perform LIVE with their professional dance partners.
All our Strictly participants received six dance lessons from our partners at Marshside School of Dance in Southport so that they were ready to perform LIVE at Strictly St. Joseph's 2021.
All the photos from the night are available here.
There's still time to support your favourite Strictly team, so why not take a look at the videos on our You Tube channel and sponsor them using the links in their personal profiles below...
Our Strictly Stars of 2021
Abby (18) is a photographer from Crosby. She is a huge fan of the show and loves all the glitz and glamour, as well as copying all the dance routines at home. Her favourite judge is Bruno Tonioli because he is so flamboyant. Abby can’t wait to learn to dance and get all dressed up for the live show in September. Sponsor Abby here!
Amanda, (44) from Formby, is a regional manager for Brakes Food Service. She has taken part in many fundraising events over the years but she says this one will be so much fun. She is a big Strictly fan and enjoys watching it with her two daughters, Reah (10) and Isla (8). Her favourite Strictly pros are Anton and Oti and she can’t wait to learn a complete dance routine and raise lots of money for the hospice. Sponsor Amanda here!
Cathy, (57) from Bootle, is the hospice's lottery administrator. Cathy is taking part in memory of her dad, Albie Smart, who passed away at the hospice two years ago. Albie was a massive supporter and fundraiser for the hospice and he was also a good dancer! Cathy loves all the glitz and glamour of Strictly and is a big fan of Strictly pro Aljaž and judge Bruno. Sponsor Cathy here!
Claire, (45) from Worsley, owns a theatre school in Manchester and is looking forward to supporting such a good cause. While she is used to teaching ballet and tap, she has zero ballroom experience! She enjoys watching Strictly every week with her husband Tony and two daughters, Olivia and Eliza. She loves the choreography and the amazing costumes. Johannes is her favourite pro and she's also a fan of Craig. Sponsor Claire here!
Ellie, (24) from Fazakerley, works for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service as a Vulnerable Persons Advocate. She loves taking part in fundraisers and is always up for a fun challenge. Ellie loves Strictly pro Oti and is keen to do something fast and upbeat on the night! She is looking forward to the whole Strictly experience and will be supported by her family, friends and colleagues at the Fire Service. Sponsor Ellie here!
Jason (52) is an architect from Aughton. His wife Clare used to work in the fundraising team at the hospice so he knows all the great work it does. He admits to being a bit of a Strictly fan and his favourite judge was Len Goodman. He can’t wait to show off his new dance moves to son Henry (13) and daughter Matilda (11) and is keeping his fingers crossed that he gets to dance the Charleston. Sponsor Jason here!
Liam (26) is a journalist from Liverpool. Liam has only watched Strictly for a couple of series but is completely obsessed. He loves the costumes, the music, the fantastic personalities and the incredible dancing. His favourite judge is Shirley as she is so passionate about what she does. Sponsor Liam here!
We'd like to say a very big thank you to our Strictly St Joseph's class of 2021 for taking on the challenge and really throwing themselves in to it, for overcoming their nerves on the night and for raising an incredible amount of sponsorship!
A huge thank you to Marshside School of Dance in Southport for their support throughout, including providing professional dance partners and training sessions for all our Strictly contestants.
We'd also like to say a very big thank you for our Strictly sponsors for their generosity in supporting the hospice.
Thank you to our four judges: Professional dance teachers, David Beckham Doyle and Jane Barton; and former Everton FC players, Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin, who kindly gave up their time to support the hospice on the night.
Finally, we’d also like to thank everyone who bought a ticket for the event for showing such generosity and support to the hospice on the evening. We raised lots of money from our auction and our raffle as well as from the audience voting on the night.