Voice of TV’s Strictly to appear at charity dance event

The voice of Strictly Come Dancing and The National Lottery draws, Alan Dedicoat, will be the announcer at charity dance contest Strictly Worcestershire this May.

Mr Dedicoat, pictured right, who hails from Hollywood, near Redditch, will appear live at the county’s most glittering black tie fund-raiser at the Chateau Impney in Droitwich Spa on Thursday, May 24.  

Profits from the event, now in its fifth year and sponsored by drp and A1 Recruitment Solutions, will go to St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester and the £1 million Rory the Robot Appeal. Worcestershire is a major urology cancer centre and this state-of-the-art surgical robotic system will ensure prostate cancer surgery patients will have less pain, minimal blood loss and reduced complications.

Seven contestant couples from the county’s business community will aim to lift the prized glitterball trophy in front of a 750-strong corporate audience.

The judging panel will comprise former trade minister and business ambassador Lord Digby Jones, veteran broadcaster Bob Warman, dancer/choreographer Katie Love and choreographer Jennifer Bennett Price. The MC is BBC Hereford and Worcester breakfast show presenter Elliott Webb.

Strictly Worcestershire co-producer Granville Orange said: “Last year’s event raised a record £37,000 for the Rory the Robot Appeal and Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Awareness Group and we’re looking forward to another memorable evening at an iconic venue accompanied by the distinctive tones of Mr Dedicoat.”

Rachel Jones, fund-raising manager at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We are thrilled to be one of the two charities benefiting this year. The competitors train for many months to put on a great show and the organisers work tirelessly to ensure the event is a success.

“The donation we receive from the night will help us to continue providing our free specialist care and support to our patients, their loved ones and bereaved across Worcestershire.”

For more details and to book tables or individual tickets, visit www.strictlyworcestershire.co.uk