Dancers raise a sparkling £15,000 at Strictly Charity fundraiser

23 August 2022

Inspire and Ipswich School of Dancing’s popular dancing fundraising event Strictly Charity returned on 13th August, hosted at The Royal Hospital School, and raised £15,000 to support local young people in need.

The annual fundraiser, sponsored by MSC, is in the style of popular BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in partnership with Ipswich School of Dancing. Ten volunteer dancers who have little to no previous dancing experience have been fundraising and learning to dance for the past ten weeks with the support of semi-professional partners and teachers from Ipswich School of Dancing.

This all leads up to the Strictly Charity Finale where the dancers perform a Ballroom and Latin dance to a crowd of friends, family and Inspire supporters and a panel of judges.

Each Inspire volunteer has been fundraising whilst training for the big Strictly Charity finale, and with fundraising from the evening including a raffle jam packed with prizes donated from local businesses. This will help the charity to continue to provide life changing personal development programmes and engaging sport activities that local young people need and may not otherwise have access to.

Sara Warburton, Fundraising & Events Manager at Inspire says: “We are amazed by the wonderful support we’ve received this year for the return of our Strictly Charity fundraiser. The money raised will make a huge difference to the young people that we work with and help them move forward with their lives. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us and was involved in making the event a success. We would like to thank our incredible volunteer dancers and Ipswich School of Dancing for giving up their time and all the hard work they have put in over the past ten weeks.”

Emma Hawley of Ipswich School of Dancing says: “The Ipswich School of Dancing are proud to support Inspire. Our sixth Strictly Charity event was once again a huge success, bringing people together to share the love of dance. From start to finish it was fab-u-lous, filled with great dancing, new friendships and wonderful people, all coming together to raise vital funds for Inspire.

We are incredibly proud and thankful to every single person involved in making this event such a success, and we can’t wait to do it all again next year.”

If you’ve got Strictly fever and want to dance for us in next year’s event, get in touch with our Fundraising Manager, Sara Warburton on 01473 353194 or