On 27 September 2019, MaSh Dance was involved in Strictly Corby 2019, which is a “Strictly”-type of event raising money for our local hospice, Lakelands. This is the ninth year running and over £62,000 was raised, which makes our running total over £360,000. Marye Simmons choreographed the Waltz & Cha Cha Cha routines, and attended weekly training sessions. Marye, also, was Head Judge on the night. Here is a report from our local Evening Telegraph:-
“LAKELANDS STRICTLY CORBY 2019 RAISES AN AMAZING £62K
This year’s Strictly Corby event held at the Best Western Rockingham Forest hotel on Friday 27th September was an incredible success once again, so far raising a whopping £62,035.35 for Lakelands Hospice who organize and run the event in conjunction with MaSh Dance. The total was the culmination of ten weeks fundraising and dancing and provided a fantastic night’s entertainment for the sell-out lively crowd of over 490 people. The event was also broadcast live over the airwaves and screened live via the internet by the Corby Radio team.
Strictly Corby has now raised over £360k for Lakelands in its nine-year history.
This year’s winner was Nicola McHugh with her professional partner Carl Turner Fountain. The dancers were awarded points for the amount of funds they raised in the lead up to and on the night and these where added to the judges scores for their dancing performances, the two scores combined gave Nicola and Carl the overall title.
Runners up this year were Ricky Girvan and his partner Natasha Davison, and in third place was Shonagh Fullarton and her partner Charlie Walker with an energetic boxing themed show dance.
Owner of MaSh Dance, Shelley Davis who provided the professionals for the event commented “All of the MaSh Dance dancers give up their time for free and I was really pleased with the quality of the dancing, there were some very technical dance routines performed to a high standard, it was also amazing to have helped Lakelands raise such a fantastic amount over the past nine years”
Gaz Stevenson and his partner Eleanor Springham took away the Best Show dance, whilst Jema Thorpe and her partner Gez Lyons were awarded the “Ray Burke Spirit of Strictly” title given to the couple who have had the most interesting journey. Organiser Paul Marlow commented “Jema and Gez were a really enthusiastic couple, to dance to that standard made it a fully deserved award”.
Lakelands fundraising manager Paul Marlow, whose team organise the whole event in aid of the hospice commented “We are all so thrilled to have pulled off yet another amazing Strictly Corby event, it’s a real team effort by so many people especially by all of the dancers who really pulled together as a team to put on a professional show. This event really captures the Corby public’s imagination with the tickets selling out in just over ten minutes. The feedback from all quarters has been fantastic; The MaSh Dance MDP and Tail feather dancers’ gang who performed in the intervals went down a storm and I’ve even had several people approach me after the show to put themselves forward for 2020”
The amount raised will go to helping Lakelands raise their annual total of £545k which with no NHS or government funding is a vital step forward in making their goals.”