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Strictly-style event raises £90k for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice
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Strictly-style event raises £90k for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice

Published date: 28 January 2019 by Marc Dwyer

Strictly-style event raises £90k for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice

23 novice dancers were given the challenge of learning a Ballroom and Latin dances in just eight weeks

​A whopping £90,000 was raised for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice from its second annual Strictly Christmas challenge.

Zoë’s Place is the only baby-specific hospice in the Midlands which provides 24-hour palliative and respite care for babies from 0 to 5 years of age with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

The 23 novice dancers were given the challenge of learning a Ballroom and Latin dances in just eight weeks. They were partnered up with skilled dancers who put them through their paces.

Jane McGaffney Community Fundraiser at the Hospice said “We knew we were going to have to raise the bar from Strictly Christmas 2017 which raised £64000, but to have beaten it by £26,000 is unbelievable.

"Being part of the core committee along with eight others was challenging in parts, but nothing compared to the effort, sweat, and amazing fundraising the dancers and contestants put themselves through.

"This £90,000 raised will pay three nurses' salaries for a year and will also cover our entire annual budget for delivering music therapy for the babies who we look after.

"This is an unprecedented amount raised for a Strictly-style event and we are extremely grateful to everyone who took part, sponsored the event and gave either their time or supplied us with equipment.

"Also thank you to the Royal Court, Tamworth Road for supporting us. The two nights the event took place in December raised £16,000 in votes alone! So a huge thank you to all the families and friends who came along and supported the ‘cast’”.

Three of our top fundraisers were Ex Coventry City Player Dave Busst and Kirk Johnson who both raised nearly £7,000 each and James Sanders a local school Teacher who raised over £10,000.

Dave said: “This was an amazing journey and insight to what people can do when they put their minds to it, thanks to the committee for a great idea to raise money, one of the best experiences and group of people I have ever met”.

Kirk and his family have continually supported Zoë’s Place for a long time and Kirk said: “Firstly, thank you for the opportunity to take part in strictly 2018, and secondly, I would do it all over again tomorrow. This was an amazing uplifting experience, being surrounded by incredible human beings.

"Everyone involved gave 100% and more towards raising funds and awareness for Zoë’s Place. And the quality of the shows and dancers were truly outstanding. I would like to thank everyone involved for making this the greatest and most fulfilling experience anyone could imagine”.

James who is Head of KS3 and A Level at Blue Coat School in Terry Road Coventry is part of the Core Committee and is the Show Director, he is also the main person behind Zoë’s Place Christmas Auction site.

James said: “I have supported Zoe’s Place for many years now and have taken part in five Strictly Shows raising funds for the Hospice. It was a massive challenge to put the show on along with many sleepless nights, but this didn’t come close to what the families go through on a daily basis who use the hospice.

"We do this for their benefit and to make a difference to their lives”.

Strictly Christmas 2019 will be soon looking for contestants to be part of this annual event and will be announced on their Facebook and website soon.

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