Strictly Come Dancing raises £1500 for charity

Strictly Come Dancing cast photo

Our lower sixth form pupils’ dazzling Strictly Come Dancing shows raised over £1500 for Cardiac Risk in the Young.

The two sell-out performances produced two different winning pairs, with Meghan Myers and Harry Griffin chosen as Wednesday’s triumphant dancers, and Tom O’Mahony and Ciara Berragan picked as Thursday’s champions.

Strictly Come Dancing winners

Our 12 couples were backed by live musicians and singers, with the show running smoothly thanks to the backstage expertise of the year group’s makeup artists and light and sound technicians.

Backstage makeup

Expert training

Hosted by Mr James Russell and judged by teachers Mrs Heather Fenton, Mr Ben Masters, Mrs Katie Chesterton, Miss Abigail Downing and Mr David Howson, the performances came after weeks of expert training from Mrs Chesterton and ballroom-dancing pupils Annabel and Mark Tordoff.

Dancers in training

“Celebrity” appearance

The show also featured a “celebrity” appearance from Mr Alastair Thorley and Miss Claire Sutton before the judges’ scores were totalled up and the winners were announced.

Miss Sutton and Mr Thorley dancing

Cardiac Risk in the Young

The donation to Cardiac Risk in the Young – a charity founded to raise awareness of conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac death – will be made in memory of Sara Pilkington (OS 2009), who tragically died in 2012.

Thank you to all who helped raise the impressive figure by either taking part in or attending the show.

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