Dance event raises record for hospice
A RECORD-breaking cheque for more than £45,000 was handed over to Cynthia Spencer Hospice at a special event hosted by Aspers Casino last month.
Aspers Northampton general manager David Stratford joined Andrzej Mialkowski, from Step by Step Dance School – who organised the ‘Strictly Northampton’ dance event – to present a cheque for £45,705.09 to John Helm, fundraising manager at Cynthia Spencer Hospice.
The huge sum was raised for the hospice from the Strictly Northampton 2015 event through donations from the audience, Step by Step members, contestants’ own fundraising efforts and Aspers Casino – the headline sponsors of the event for the second year running.
This is the highest amount raised from a single Strictly Northampton event so far. John Helm, Cynthia Spencer Hospice fundraising manager, said: “This year, Cynthia Spencer Hospice celebrates its 40th year and, in the last four years, Strictly Northampton has raised a fantastic £210,000 for us. That means more people can get the specialist care they need in their homes and hopefully we can carry on delivering that for them for the next 40 years.”
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David Stratford, Aspers Northampton general manager, said: “This is a fantastic, fun event for an unbelievably deserving cause and we are so pleased to have been able to support it in 2014 and 2015 and host events linked to the dance-off. The hospice is a charity close to many hearts and the passion and effort of all those involved were amazing.”
Event organiser Andrzej Mialkowski said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the success of last year’s show.
STRICTLY A SAFE BET: Pictured are Kelly James (Aspers), John Helm (Cynthia Spencer Hospice), Andrzej Mialkowski (Step by Step) and some of the Strictly 2015 contestants.