Strictly Charity raises almost £5,000!

15 July 2016

Sponsored by Ryans

This weekend, ten amateur dancers took to the dance-floor for our ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ style fundraising event. We are delighted to announce that the event raised almost £5,000, with more funds expected over the next few weeks! It’s a 10 from us! 

We have been running our ‘Strictly Charity’ event for three years now. This year’s event was kindly sponsored by Ryan’s. Thank you very much to the team at Ryan’s for their fantastic support of the event and well done to Nicci from Ryan’s for an amazing effort dancing in the competition.

We had 10 volunteers with little or no previous dance experience who bravely offered themselves to learn to dance in just 10 weeks with dancers from Ipswich School of Dancing. They performed a range of dazzling routines including jives, cha cha chas, waltzes, quicksteps and rumbas to name a few to a crowd of friends, family and charity supporters. We were stunned by the quality of the dances, what an achievement for all of the dancers to be proud of! Congratulations to you all!

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Our Strictly Charity judges for the evening

Thank you to the judges for the evening for donating their time to the evening and dishing out the scores including many SEVERN’s. We had the pleasure of having three well-known faces in the world of dance all with local links – Jeanette Siddall CBE, Brendan Keaney from Dance East and Emma Hawley from Ipswich School of Dancing.

Nicci Dedman-Munro from Ryan’s dancing the Waltz with her professional partner Gideon Bowden

We received an astounding response from local businesses and people who donated to and helped the event, including Ipswich School of Dancing who donated their time and 10 of their skilled dancers to train. Thank you to BoMoJo and Zoe Gibbs Photography for videoing and photographing the evening for us. You can purchase videos and photos by getting in touch with us on

A special thanks to Coe’s, Hudson Group, Limelight Design and Print, The Green Room at Tropic BeautyWS Training, Hairways Ufford ParkOne Life, The Savvy Wedding Planner, Dolphin ProductionsPrestige Bars, Kaye Souter Flowers, Makro Ipswich and Tesco Copdock & Nacton Road for supporting the event.

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The winners of the evening, Izzi Williams and Nick Shea, Photo credit: Zoe Gibbs Photography

Thank you to our amazing volunteer and professional dancers, we hope you KEEEEP DANCING…

  1. Marcus Good and Sadie Hollinsworth who danced the Cha Cha Cha and Waltz
  2. Debby Jay and Alisdair Bell who danced the Waltz and Cha Cha Cha
  3. Niamh Large and Jeremy Hennell James who danced the Quickstep and Jive
  4. John Hyam and Kim Brown who danced the Tango and Cha Cha Cha
  5. Gideon Bowden and Nicci Dedman-Munro who danced the Cha Cha Cha and Waltz
  6. Eamon Sheppard and Carol Taylor who danced the Jive and Waltz
  7. Hannah Large and Myles Davies who danced the Waltz and Cha Cha Cha
  8. Anna Sheppard and Jacob Moore who danced the Rumba and Quickstep
  9. Nigel Scott and Leanne Cole who danced the Quickstep and Rumba
  10. Izzi Williams and Nick Shea, our winners of the evening, who danced the  Jive and Quickstep


Amanda Ward, Operations Director at Inspire who led the event, says:

“We are amazed by the level of support we received. This year’s event has by far been the biggest, raising more than we ever have and the standard of dancing was fantastic. We would like to thank all of the volunteers, dancers, guests and businesses who have supported the event, which in turn will help lots of young people through our charities important programmes.”

Fabulous darling!

To express an interest in next year’s event, please email us on or call 01473 353 194 to put your name on the waiting list. 

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Our dazzling volunteer and professional dancers at the Grand Final, Photo credit: Zoe Gibbs Photography