Glittering success for Bury Hospice’s ‘Strictly Best Foot Forward’ 2021!

Dance competition winners

Bury Hospice staged its biggest annual fundraiser on Saturday night (27 November) – Strictly Best Foot Forward.

In front of a star studded judging panel 12 couples danced their hearts out to raise money for Bury Hospice. Each couple had their own reasons for taking part, many of whom had experienced the amazing care and support provided by Bury Hospice.

The event was led by Bury Hospice trustee and fundraising volunteer, Deborah Lisle. Each year the glamorous competition helps to raise thousands of pounds to help fund care for patients and their families.

After 12 weeks of rehearsals the dance couples, many of whom had never danced before, performed the Quickstep, Cha Cha Cha, Argentine Tango and the Salsa at the grand finale at Swinton Masonic Hall. The twelve dance couples performed in front of a panel of judges including Bury Hospice ambassador and Coronation Street star, Sally Carman and her co-star fiancé Joe Duttine.

The champions on the night were Rochelle Gardner and Martin Bailey who lifted the glitterball trophy to be crowned winners of Strictly Best Foot Forward 2021. Rochelle said: “I am beyond proud to have won the competition, that I dedicate to my oldest friend who would have been watching and cheering me on, I'm sure. Bury Hospice care for all those who need and their families and give so much support, and I am just so proud to be able to help give back for my friend, as they made her final days comforting.”

Deborah Lisle, Trustee and volunteer fundraiser for Strictly said: “This year’s annual Strictly-style contest has raised an incredible £45,000 – and the lines are still open if you would like to donate to support our brilliant contestants.”

“The contestants have been so enthusiastic, dedicated and committed. Sally and Joe were warm and friendly and the contestants just loved them. We are so bless to have amazing people we work with. We had a whole mix of contestants ranging from married couple to new ley engaged and a fabulous tea, from the Friggate Hotel in Whitefield.”

Joe Duttine, famously known as Tim Metcalfe in Coronation Street and also for his role in Shameless as Cameron Donnelly, sat with his showbiz fiancée, Sally Carman, to judge this year’s Strictly! He said: “I definitely got the best seat watching and judging! Dancing is not my forte…as far as I know! My hat goes off to all the fabulous contestants who left their comfort zone to put their best foot forward for Bury Hospice!’

Sally Carman said: “I absolutely love Bury Hospice’s Strictly! It is the most inspiring and heart-warming event! I urge everyone to keep donating to help these fab dancers raise as much money as possible!”

If you would like to support Bury Hospice and our Strictly 2021 dancers, you can donate on their JustGiving page until the end of January 2022.

Deborah concludes: “And watch out for our Strictly 2022 recruitment campaign to enlist our next dance troop to compete in Strictly Best foot Forward 2022!”

Dale Mulgrew And Ruth Bradley Holt
Helen Lockwood David Berry Duncan Berry
Suzanne Guage Alison Holland Wes McArdle Spider Man


  • Winners of the Quickstep were Heather Alderson and Frank Priestly
  • Winners of the Cha Cha Cha were Heather Alderson and Frank Priestly
  • Winners of the Argentine Tango were Gemma Hardy and Gareth Monger
  • Winners of the Salsa were Rochelle Gardner and Martin Bailey
  • Overall winners of Strictly 2021 and the glitter ball trophy was Rochelle Gardner and Martin Bailey

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