BRACKLEY’S version of the hit ballroom dance competition stands to raise around £8,000 for mental health support in the town.
At the last official practice session for Strictly by Brackley on Tuesday celebrity dancers and their semi-professional dance partners from the Step by Step Dance School totted up more then £3,500 in sponsorship. Most of the £6,000 raised by ticket sales for the two night public final this weekend will also go to the charity MIND Brackley.
MIND is the charity which Brackley Mayor Theo Hayward has chosen to support during here year in office.
Mrs Hayward who is also a celebrity dancer said one in four people will suffer a mental health issues during their life and added: “The closest place to refer someone with depression or suffering a breakdown is in Banbury but MIND support in Brackley could offer immediate assessment It’s like the life guard of the air ambulance, totally funded by donations. So it will be fantastic if we can collect then amount of sponsorship.”
This week dancers polished off their cha cha cha, waltz and free-style routines and were taken through the schedule for Saturday and Sunday’s finals.
Couples will perform their three dances before being scored by the panel of judges. The top six couples will then be asked to perform their favourite dance one more time before the audience select a winner for the night.