Strictly Come Dancing Blog

It was ‘Strictly’ the best foot forward for Invisible Traffick at the beginning of April, with our very first ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ competition. It was an evening packed full of guys, girls, glitz and glamour at the Culloden Hotel, which was throughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. We would like to extend a massive thank you to our very own volunteer and dance enthusiast, Debi Vauls, who did a fantastic job of organising the event under the guidance of ‘Ballroom Blitz.’

Under the glitter ball, twelve couples bravely went head to head and toe to toe, to perform a variety of classic ballroom dances, ranging from the Samba to the Charleston, the Jive, Argentine Tango and the Cha Cha Cha, following ten weeks of intensive dance training. Debbie and Michelle from ‘Ballroom Blitz’ did a fantastic job of putting our couples through their paces in training and most would agree that these twelve have blossomed from amateur dancers with two left feet into semi-professional dancers! Of course, we need to congratulate our ‘Strictly’ champions and winners of the night, Marleta Bailey and Cathy-Ann Akbar! You both did a fantastic job and performed an amazing routine, well done to each of you!

Alongside our dancers, we had four fantastic judges, BBC radio presenter Gerry Kelly, Q Radio presenter Gareth Stewart along with Nanette McCoy and Gary Faulkner. Not to forget our brilliant hosts, TV presenters Paul Reilly and Sara Moore.

The event was a brilliant night, full of fun, laughter and competition. However, most importantly, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ raised a fantastic amount of money for Invisible Traffick, with the donations reaching a grand total of £12,524.70! We wish to extend a huge thank you to each and everyone of you who donated, supported and volunteered to assist with the running of this event, we couldn’t do what we do without you all! The money which was raised will go towards supporting Invisible Traffick’s Helpline for victims, which was recently launched in March.