The Mayor of Bury is urging local people to raise money for Bury Hospice by backing its Strictly Best Foot Forward dance-off.
Councillor Trevor Holt and his wife Evelyn are taking part in the grand final, which takes place on Saturday 7 December at the Longfield Suite in Prestwich.
This is the third year of the hospice’s Strictly contests, launched by the council’s deputy registrar Deborah Lisle. Participants are given 12 weeks of dance lessons at A Touch of Class dance studio in Little Lever in return for raising at least £500 for Bury Hospice, and get to perform their routines in the final. The last two contests have raised a total of £102,000 for Bury Hospice.
Cllr Holt said: “Evelyn and I have been supporters of Bury Hospice for many years and this is our main chosen charity as mayor and mayoress of Bury.
“We have lost family members and friends to cancer and we want to do all we can to raise the profile of the hospice and to help raise funds.”
He added: “Taking part as a contestant in Strictly Best Foot Forward is proving to be challenging, but is also exciting, enjoyable and great fun. We’re taking extra dance lessons to perform as well as we can on the night! The sense of camaraderie among the contestants is something we love and there is a great feeling of being part of a team. We all support and encourage each other and it’s something we enjoy very much.
“We are really looking forward to the final on Saturday 7 December which will be a great night that will not only raise funds for Bury Hospice but will be an enjoyable occasion for contestants and spectators.”
Press release issued: 26 November 2019.