R3 'Strictly' event searches for cure to cervical cancer
On May 9, actor Nathaniel Parker (BBC’s Bleak House) hosts an evening of R3 Strictly Come Dancing, judged by Holby City’s Laila Rouass and former EastEnder Natalie Cassidy – in aid of the Debbie Fund. The Debbie Fund is the only charity in the world dedicated specifically to finding a cure for Cervical Cancer, funding a team of scientists at University College London. 3,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year.
The event has been organised by Christina Fitzgerald, Partner at Matthew Arnold and Baldwin LLP, one of the leading law firms in the South East. Christina is also the chair of the R3 London Women’s Group and a committee member of the Debbie Fund.
Instrumental to the event has been Tina Mincher. Tina has choreographed the group dance as well as several of the group show dances. Tina has travelled the world teaching dance, adjudicating and choreographing many major events.
Stepping onto the ballroom floor are members of insolvency industry (R3 is their trade body) – who traditionally spend their time grappling with corporate insolvency, personal insolvency, finance and fraud issues as licensed insolvency practitioners,lawyers and bankers. The dancers include: Frances Coulson, outgoing President of insolvency trade body R3 and Moon Beever as well as Louise Brittain from Deloitte who has been Trustee in Bankruptcy for a number of high profile cases including Jonathan Aitken, Bruce Grobbelaar, Kerry Katona, and Colin Hendry.
Eight couples from the insolvency industry, trained by professional dancers, will dance a group dance together and all eight of the couples will dance a “show dance”.
The costumes for the show dances have all been worn on BBC Strictly Come Dancing and there will be an opportunity to view costumes that have been worn on the programme, supplied by DSI. The audience will vote by making donations to the Debbie Fund. A glitter ball trophy, sponsored by Business Certainty Ltd, will be awarded to the winning couple
The Debbie Fund was set up in 2009 by Debbie’s husband Mark Phillips QC (a barrister specialising in insolvency and administration cases). Since its foundation, the Debbie Fund has raised over £1 million. Debbie’s daughter Sarah, reached the top ten of the ITunes chart after she sang Paolo Nutini’s “Autumn” into her mobile phone the night her mother died. She will be singing songs from her new album on the night.
Christina Fitzgerald says:
“I have been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity in helping me to organise this event, which I could not have done without Tina’s support. The contestants have dedicated several hours each week since January in preparation for the night. It will truely be a night of glamour and sparkle and we are all extremely excited, albeit a little nervous.”
The following couples will be taking part:
• Carolyn Jones and Matt Bond
• Finbarr O’Connell and Jessica Kane
• Georgina Eason and Ian Defty
• Andrew Bowden-Brown and Louise Brittain
• Ian Robert and Nicky Fisher
• Frances Coulson and Roger Brown
• Lucy Gill and Nigel Barr
• Denise Fawcett and Gary Collins
Further Event Details:
• Venue: The Grand Ballroom, London Hilton Hotel, 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE
• Dress code will be Black Tie
• Drinks reception at 6.30pm
• 3 course meal served until 8.30pm
• The event will be hosted by the actor Nathaniel Parker
• Sarah Philips will perform songs from her recent album
For further information please contact:
(R3) Will Black, Communications Manager
T : 020 7566 4215 m : 07917 422 485 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Byfield consultancy on behalf of Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP), Claire Scott, Account Executive
T : 020 7092 3999 e: Claire@byfieldconsultnacy.com
Notes to editors:
R3 is the trade body for Insolvency Professionals, and is made up of 97% of the UK’s Insolvency Practitioners from all over the UK.
R3 comments on a wide variety of personal and corporate insolvency issues. Please contact the press office, or see www.r3.org.uk for further information.
R3 promotes best practice for professionals working with financially troubled individuals and businesses; all R3 members are regulated by one of nine recognised professional bodies.
R3 stands for ‘Rescue, Recovery, and Renewal’ and is also known as the Association of Business Recovery Professionals.
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