Strictly's coming to St Joseph's Hospice

By Simon Hart

St Joseph’s Hospice is planning the ultimate Strictly fundraising event in September and is looking for participants who fancy hitting the dancefloor. The Thornton-based hospice is partnering with the Marshside School of Dance in Southport to launch Strictly St Joseph’s and will provide professional dancers and training sessions for the challenge. 
The hospice is looking for 12 participants with no previous dance experience. The successful candidates will each be partnered by a professional dancer and allocated a specific dance style before beginning their training. All the Strictly St Joseph’s couples will then perform their routines at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool on Saturday 25 September. Tickets for the event will be available nearer the time. 
Maxine Armstrong, head of fundraising for the hospice, said: ‘After 12 months of not being able to hold any fundraising events, we wanted to get the glitter out and launch a brand-new event that we can all really look forward to. It is the perfect challenge for anyone who has watched Strictly and dreamed what it would be like to hit the dancefloor with a professional. 
‘We’re looking for 12 non-dancers, aged over 18, to take part. Each contestant will receive a series of dance lessons but will be expected to raise their own sponsorship for the hospice. This is also a great opportunity for local businesses to support the hospice by putting one of their team forward for the challenge and raising sponsorship.’ 
Applications for Strictly St Joseph’s are now open. Visit 
for full details or call the fundraising team on 0151 932 6044 or email 
Photo caption: St Joseph’s Rebecca Ruddock and Shirley Farrell are already equipped for the big event.