The grand total raised by Saturday night’s Strictly Come Prancing event has been revealed.
More than £30,000 was collected for Dundee charity Help for Kids – which is supported by Wave FM, Overgate Shopping Centre and the Evening Telegraph.
Eleven couples took part in the event in the marquee at the Apex Hotel in front of an audience of more than 700 people.
They competed in a dance contest inspired by the hit BBC show, with a panel of judges – led by comedian and TV presenter Brian Conley – providing feedback before the audience were given the chance to vote for their favourite pair by donating to the cause.
A host of other fundraising initiatives were held on the night including a raffle for a holiday to Florida, a game of Play Your Cards Right, an auction and a silent auction.
Stacey Wallace, manager of Help for Kids, said she was delighted with the success of the event – and is confident that Strictly Come Prancing will make a return next year.
She said: “It was an amazing night. We can’t thank everyone who came along and gave so generously enough.
“The support for this event has been phenomenal and it’s been an amazing journey, seeing our prancers grow and the dance teachers give up so much time to make sure each of their couples was ready.
“The whole night went to plan – it’s been a great experience.
“We raised more than £22,500 on the evening itself, with lots more to come in through sponsorship, so the grand total will be more than £30,000.
“Will we do it again next year? I’m sure we will.” The competition was won by Derek Miller and Jenni MacFarlane, friends of 20 years who previously worked in radio.
Jenni says it might not be the last time they get their dancing shoes on.
She said: “We’ve been talking about it. We’re going to miss the practice sessions and the training, so you never know – we might sign up for ballroom classes.”
The money raised will go towards supporting children across Dundee, many of whom find themselves in difficult situations.
Help for Kids also backs a range of clubs and other activities for local youngsters.