We have seven Strictly dancers preparing to take to the dancefloor and perform LIVE at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool on Saturday 23rd September.
All our dancers are pushing themselves outside their comfort zones in order to raise as much money as possible for St. Joseph's Hospice, so please show them your support.
All our Strictly dancers will receive six dance lessons from our partners at Marshside School of Dance in Southport so that they are ready for the big day.
We'd like to introduce you to our amazing class of 2023 and so we have put together a short profile on each of our dancers, along with a link to their Just Giving page, so please sponsor them.
To find out what it's like to take part in our Strictly event, here are some photos and videos of last year's event.
Our Strictly Stars of 2023
Rian Bailey-Weir (31) is the managing director of a content marketing agency. Rian works with the hospice and so he has seen and heard so many amazing stories about our hospice nurses and carers, and their passion and dedication, so he wants to help by fundraising and bringing awareness to a fantastic cause. Rian doesn’t have any dance experience whatsoever and has only seen Strictly a couple of times but thinks it’s absolutely fabulous. He said: “I am really looking forward to the atmosphere on the night but, honestly, this is so far out of my comfort zone so I’m just hoping to learn to let go and embody Shania Twain’s ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ video! We’re all here to have fun for a great cause.” Sponsor Rian here.
Abbey Davies (24) is a creative content co-ordinator from Tuebrook and writes content for the hospice’s social media platforms. Abbey loves the community that Strictly creates and gets a little emotional watching all the amazing dances on the show. Dianne is her favourite pro (and not just because of her red hair!). She is also a big fan of Claudia Winkleman who she says is hilarious. Abbey never took dance lessons as a child but has huge respect for those who dance professionally. She said: “I wanted to take on a challenge his year that scares me and I am really excited to learn a new style of dance while raising money for the incredible care provided by the hospice.” Sponsor Abbey here.
Nicola Gallimore (51) from Crosby is an education officer for a youth offending service. She had such a good time watching her friend perform at last year’s Strictly event that she wanted to sign up immediately. She watches Strictly occasionally and loves all the costumes and watching the dancers glide across the dancefloor. Nicola did a bit of a tap dancing as a child but had to hold on to another girl's skirt to stop her from falling over! She said: “I am excited about learning to dance and looking forward to performing in front of my friends and family but I will be exited and terrified in equal measures!” Sponsor Nicola here.
Ekaterina Georgieva (36) from Kensington is a customer care mortgage advisor. Kat wants to help the hospice continue its great work and is looking forward to this once in a lifetime experience. She watched Strictly for the first time last season and loved the transformation of the celebrities who’d never danced before. Kat has no dance experience but likes a boogie at home when no one is watching! She said: “It will be a great experience that will take me out of my comfort zone. I am so excited and nervous at the same time.” Sponsor Kat here.
Paula Kadiri (60) is a housing enforcement officer from Waterloo. Paula was inspired to take on Strictly as her friend did it last year and said it was an amazing experience. Paula has only watched Strictly a few times but loves watching people dance. She enjoys dancing to 80s disco music and is looking forward to meeting new people and dancing with a pro. She said: “I’m not sure of the names of the dances but I would love a disco type dance. I am hoping to gain a bit of confidence to dance in front of people and my nearest and dearest family and friends will be there cheering me on.” Sponsor Paula here.
Chris Quinn (33) from Crosby is a drug recovery worker. Chris is taking part in Strictly to show his appreciation for the care that the hospice provided his dad before he passed away in March. He’s only watched Strictly a couple of times but says that no matter the outcome, the contestants always seem to enjoy it. Chris has absolutely no dance experience but enjoys dancing to the oldies. He said: “I have always fancied taking up dancing as it seems like fun. I will be nervous on the night but my family, friends and my dad’s spirit will be cheering me on and I am looking forward to doing something positive in my dad’s memory and to fundraise for future patients.” Sponsor Chris here.
Alishia Scowen (34) grew up locally to the hospice and works in management within the mortgage industry. She remembers supporting the hospice through a volunteering programme when she was at secondary school so she knows just how special the hospice is. Alishia has watched Strictly religiously over the last couple of years and loves the different styles and choreography. Craig is her favourite judge, she loves his honesty and transparency, but isn’t keen for him to be on the judging panel for Strictly St. Josephs! Her recent dance experience involves the wheels on the bus with her baby daughter. She said: “I will dance to almost anything. I do have an eclectic taste when it comes to music but I am most looking forward to supporting the hospice by raising as much sponsorship and awareness as possible.” Sponsor Alishia here.