20 brave volunteers put themselves forward 8 weeks ago to learn to dance, raise funds for the Invictus Trust and take part in a ‘Strictly-style’ Grand Final!
So on Friday when the Burrell Theatre, Truro School was packed to capacity, the sparkles were on, the make-up, hair, lights and music were ready…..could they deliver???!!!
A film sent by Craig Revel-Horwood from the BBC show surprised the dancers and made them yet more determined to be A-MAZ-ING!! AND THEY WERE!!!!!!
We were treated to an opening group dance, a jive on a Pulp Fiction theme, followed by all 10 couples dancing for the Glitter Ball Trophy. We saw 3 couples Cha Cha, 3 couples Charleston, plus 2 Paso Dobles and 2 American Smooths. Expert judges, Jason Thomas, Becci Gower, Christine Redfern and Phil Barnet, gave highly professional and technical feedback and then got out their sparkly paddles to score the hopefuls, while they got their breath back! Presenters for the evening, Amber & Laura, both Invictus trustees chatted with the contestants and interacted with a wildly excited audience.
Finally the winners were announced and Adam Hayward and Cara Clemow lifted the Glitter Ball to a roar of approval!! However, the biggest cheer came when the total raised by the dancers, which had been kept secret, was revealed. As well as committing huge amounts of time to the dancing challenge, the 20 dancers had raised an incredible £17,209!!!
Sophia Cowburn, Invictus Trustee, who had been one of the dancers, was full of praise for the whole event which was organised by her parents, utilising the services of Clare Lawrence, dance/fitness teacher, who is setting up a business, Strictlyfundraising, based on the incredible response. Sophia explained that many of the dancers had been friends of her twin brother, in who’s memory the Invictus Trust was set up but that other people who had struggled with poor mental health had also got on board and really close bonds had been formed.
An A-MAZ-ING event! Incredible fundraising! AND hundreds of people talking about teenage mental health! Huge thanks to everyone who supported, sponsored, gave their time and of course, danced their socks off!!