Strictly ‘amazing night’ helps raise funds for mental health charity

Robert Walkenshaw and Cherelle Hinds. INNT 08-033-FP
Robert Walkenshaw and Cherelle Hinds. INNT 08-033-FP
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A RECENT ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event held at Nortel Social Club to raise funds for mental health charity ‘One Life-One Love’ turned out to be a resounding success.

Tickets to the fundraiser, which was organised by Rathcoole woman Elaine McKee, sold out in just two days as family members and friends of the six couples taking part in the dance challenge, as well as well wishers and supporters of the charity, looked forward to a great night’s entertainment.

And they were not disappointed.

“It was an absolutely amazing night,” said Elaine from Altmore Park about the Friday, February 17 shindig.

“The place was packed, there were 270 people at it and folk were saying how it was one of the best nights ever to be held at the club. We raised £3,900 through ticket sales and auctions on the night. Sales of our One Life-One Love Strictly DVD which was made of the event are still going on, so when we add the money we get for that to the £3,900 we hope to have collected around £5,000 for the charity.”

One Life-One Love is a cause set up by London-based woman Natalie Nyree who is planning to set up an aftercare faciity for people with mental health issues in Belfast city centre. The charity works in an holistic way with people to assist them in cutting down on medications and aiding their recovery.

Six couples gamely took part in the Strictly dance contest. They were Dale Hooks and Jacqui Jack, Robert Walkenshaw and Cherelle Hinds, Christine Mackin and Barry Devine, Mandy O’Neill and Kyle Clarke, Kris Turnbull and Clare Montgomery and the eventual winners - Newtownabbey’s John Nodwell and Annika Graham.

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