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Strictly Come Dancing-style show raises £13,000 to help young people in need

Ian Moore dancing with his dance partner Lynne Picture: ZOE GIBBS

Ian Moore dancing with his dance partner Lynne Picture: ZOE GIBBS

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It was a perfect 10 for a show based on Strictly Come Dancing as it helped to raise £13,000 to help young people in need.

Group photo of volunteer and semi-professional dancers from Ipswich School of Dancing at the finale Picture: ZOE GIBBSGroup photo of volunteer and semi-professional dancers from Ipswich School of Dancing at the finale Picture: ZOE GIBBS

Inspire Suffolk - which helps young people to overcome challenges they may face getting into employment, education or further training - and Ipswich School of Dancing held the popular fundraiser at Trinity Park, Ipswich for the fifth year in a row.

Ten volunteer dancers who have little or no previous dancing experience were fundraising and learning to dance for the previous 10 weeks with the support of semi-professional partners and teachers from Ipswich School of Dancing.

This all led up to the Strictly Charity Finale, where the dancers performed one ballroom and one Latin dance to a crowd of friends, family and Inspire Suffolk supporters.

They were assessed by a panel of judges including international dancers Sasha Ward and Amy Hankin, Brendan Keaney of Dance East, Caryl Hudson and Sarah Wagstaff-Till from Ipswich School of Dancing.

Winner of Strictly Charity 2018 Tori Ewing with her dance partner Stasze Picture: ZOE GIBBSWinner of Strictly Charity 2018 Tori Ewing with her dance partner Stasze Picture: ZOE GIBBS

The money raised will help Inspire Suffolk to continue to provide life-changing personal development programmes and engaging sport activities that young people need and may not otherwise have access to.

Sara Warburton, fundraising and events officer at Inspire Suffolk, said: “We are amazed with the support we have received this year for our Strictly Charity fundraiser and the difference it will make to the young people that we work with.

“I would like to thank everyone who was supported us and was involved in making the event a success.

“We would like to thank our incredible volunteer dancers and Ipswich School of Dancing for giving up their time and all the hard work they have put in over the past 10 weeks.”

Judges international dancers Sasha Ward & Amy Hankin, Brendan Keaney of Dance East, Caryl Hudson and Sarah Wagstaff-Till from Ipswich School of Dancing casting their votes Picture: ZOE GIBBSJudges international dancers Sasha Ward & Amy Hankin, Brendan Keaney of Dance East, Caryl Hudson and Sarah Wagstaff-Till from Ipswich School of Dancing casting their votes Picture: ZOE GIBBS

Emma Hawley, of Ipswich School of Dancing, added: “We were so pleased to be part of this amazing event again with Inspire Suffolk.

“We are really proud of all the dancers that took part in the event and what the couples managed to achieve in the just 10 weeks. We cannot wait for Strictly Charity 2019.”

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