Dancing Strictly 2014 and the winners are…
CategoryFundraising|North London Hospice|VOLUNTEER
Eight dancing queens and their partners danced the night away on Saturday 22 February, at Millfield Theatre all in aid of North London Hospice. Dressed to impressed, the dancing hopefuls danced their hearts out to a sold-out auditorium of over 300 people. From a forties inspired jive to a sexy, fast-paced salsa, the couples gave it their all to impress the judges.
For seven weeks the competitors were put through their paces by professional instructors who taught them all they needed to know about fancy footwork before the big night. But at the end of the night, it was contestants Lilian Taibi 46 and Till Pini 59 who were crowned winners and stole the show with their entertaining and cheeky 50’s jive. Praising the pair’s winning performance, special guest, Strictly Come Dancing Star, Robin Windsor said: ““As Bruce Forsyth would say: ‘You’re my favourite’. You’re the entertainment we’re looking for. I loved you both so much.” Lilian said: “I’ve never won anything before. It’s amazing. It’s been a fantastic experience; we’ve had great support throughout and made some great friends.” As well as mastering their moves, each dancing couple was tasked with raising at least £500 for the hospice which supports people with life-limiting illnesses. Till from Finchley said: “It was nerve-wrecking performing on stage but I’d said to Lilian let’s just go out and have some fun – if something goes wrong, it doesn’t matter. And that’s what we did.” The evening, sponsored by the Times Series and Enfield Independent, helped raise a staggering £15,000 for North London Hospice (NLH). Thanking the competitors and dance instructors for helping make the event such a success Judi Guy, fundraising manager for NLH, said: “They have given so much of their time for free to make this fundraising event possible and I’m glad they’ve enjoyed the experience. “I am extremely proud of our dancers – I have seen their confidence grow and thank them for the dedication they have shown to raising much needed funds for North London Hospice. “All money raised from this event will go directly to funding the specialist care we provide.” North London Hospice would like to say a special thank you to the following organisations who made the evening possible: Studio45 Queen Salsa Gold Radio Clee Brothers Ltd Woodside Security Systems Barnet and Southgate College Enfield Independent Times Series And all the volunteers that helped out with this event.