Strictly Inverness 2024 Raises £300,000 for Highland Charities

Strictly Inverness 2024 raised £300,000 for Highland Hospice and Inverness Ice Centre, with winners Jason Kelman and Shireen Fyffe raising £18,700. The event featured BBC Strictly judge Giovanni Pernice as celebrity guest judge and showcased the community's passion and generosity.

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Strictly Inverness 2024 Raises £300,000 for Highland Charities

Strictly Inverness 2024 Raises £300,000 for Highland Charities

Strictly Inverness 2024 has concluded with a spectacular grand finale, raising an impressive £300,000 for two local charities, Highland Hospice and Inverness Ice Centre. The popular dance competition, which took place over four nights in the Highland Capital, featured dazzling performances, glittering costumes, and emotional moments.

The winners of this year's Strictly Inverness were Jason Kelman and Shireen Fyffe, who raised £18,700 through their fundraising efforts. Shireen dedicated the win to her late mother, who was a patient at Highland Hospice in 2021. "It's the most amazing feeling," Shireen said. Shireen said. "When my mum was here at the hospice, in 2021 I said to her that I would do Strictly. So this one is for my mum. I think she would be really proud!"

Jason Kelman expressed his disbelief at their victory, saying, "It's literally unbelievable. Two weeks ago we were saying that if we danced well enough we might have gotten through to the final. It's surreal, it's unbelievable!" Rachel Wood and Reece Ross took second place, while Beth Saunders and her dance partner Darryl Geegan secured third spot.

The event featured BBC Strictly judge Giovanni Pernice as the celebrity guest judge for the grand finale. Pernice, dressed in a kilt for the occasion, critiqued the dancers' performances, technique, and rhythm. He praised the event, saying, "It's been fantastic. I think the competition has been great and it's so good to see it all go to a good cause." Pernice emphasized the importance of having fun and trying one's best, stating, Pernice stated, "It's all about taking part and having fun. The dancers should want to have left the floor knowing that they had tried their best as you don't want to have any regrets as the regrets that we have today are the chances that we never took."

Strictly Inverness has become a highly anticipated annual event in the Highland Capital's calendar. The competition pairs 32 novice dancers with expert tutors who train them between January and May. Previous celebrity guest judges have included Anton du Beke, Flavia Cacace-Mistry, Aljaz Scorjanec, and Janette Manrana.

Highland Hospice communications manager Wendy Morgan praised the tireless efforts of the organizing team, particularly Carrie Macdonald and Karen McBey, who worked behind the scenes to make the event a success. "People who attend Strictly probably don't quite imagine the work behind the scenes in order to put this event together," Morgan said. "If anyone could see the work that these two ladies put into this event, they'd be actually pretty stunned." Their efforts ranged from interviewing and supporting contestants to designing costumes.

Strictly Inverness 2024 has not only provided unforgettable entertainment but also raised vital funds for two important Highland charities. The event showcased the passion, dedication, and generosity of the Inverness community. Entries are now open for Strictly Inverness 2025, promising another spectacular display of dancing, fundraising, and community spirit in the Highland Capital.

Key Takeaways

  • Strictly Inverness 2024 raises £300,000 for Highland Hospice and Inverness Ice Centre.
  • Jason Kelman and Shireen Fyffe win the competition, raising £18,700.
  • Giovanni Pernice serves as celebrity guest judge for the grand finale.
  • The event features 32 novice dancers paired with expert tutors, with a 4-month training period.
  • Entries are now open for Strictly Inverness 2025.