Strictly stars Katya and Neil Jones waltzed into Scotland to help raise an incredible £95,000 in a single night for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.
The pair joined 620 guests to celebrate a perfect 10 years of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s (A Little Less) Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser.
The £95,000 from donations and auctions meaning that to date the hospice’s charity dance night has raised £730,000 over 10 years.
Katya and Neil took to the dancefloor with 18 big-hearted amateur dancers and partners who had trained hard for the big night.
Katya, 29, said:
“It’s great to be back in Scotland with Neil on such a special night for a special cause. Not only is it the 10th anniversary but it is the first A Little Less Strictly since their move in Bellahouston.
“We were so flattered to be invited. The real stars are those fundraising dancers from all walks of life.”
Alasdair Fleming, a partner in Brodies, and Maria Oakes got the judges’ vote.
Hosted by Carol Smillie and Bryan Burnett, Saturday’s event celebrated the best of music and dance while supporting world-class care and support for patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses.
“We are so grateful to these brave men and women who put their dancing shoes on and are incredibly good sports for such a wonderful cause.
“Over the past decade, A Little Less Strictly has become Glasgow’s most glamorous way to raise money! I’m always amazed at how hard our contestants have worked to perfect their dance routines and how much effort they put into raising funds so the hospice can help even more people dealing with a terminal illness.”
The 18 contestants and dance partners included Guy Cowan, the leading Scottish chef who is battling cancer while still training for the show.
Heather Manson, director of fundraising of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said:
“Thank you to everyone who made our 10th-anniversary event so special. We are truly grateful to all involved – this allows us to continue to provide vital care and support for our patients and families at the hospice.”