A Wilkes solicitor has scooped the glitterball trophy, after facing off other lawyers from around the region to win the 2015 Strictly 9 to 5 charity dance competition.
Organised by No5 Chambers, the competition saw participants undertake weeks of training with professional dancers, with them dancing in a grand final event in front of 450 guests that was hosted and judged by some famous faces from the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Charlotte Doyle, assistant solicitor at Wilkes, and her professional partner Paul Cammack, were crowned winners after impressing judges with their Argentine Tango.
The star studded event sponsored by Advanced Legal, AML Tax, Birmingham Airport and Connect PR took place at Villa Park’s Holte Suite and was hosted by Strictly favourite Anton Du Beke. The event raised more than £23,000 for the Child Brain Injury Trust.
Charlotte, assistant solicitor at The Wilkes Partnership, commented: “The whole Strictly 9 to 5 experience has been amazing, from the training, to the Strictly dresses, and the night itself. I loved performing our routine and am very grateful to have taken part in the event, to help raise money for such a worthy cause.”
The four judges, chaired by former Strictly winner Camilla Dallerup, awarded the pair 39 points for their stunning performance.
Lisa Turan, CEO of the Child Brain Injury Trust said: “It was an amazing night, a brilliant concept that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
“We are incredibly grateful to No5 for their continued support of our charity that without any Government funding provides essential support to children and their families when brain injury strikes.”
Head of No5 Chambers Paul Bleasdale QC said: “We had an absolutely fantastic evening and are delighted to have raised so much money for the Child Brain Injury Trust.
“All of the dancers were superb, and we can’t thank them – or their partners – enough for committing so much time and effort into providing us with such an enjoyable time.”
The Child Brain Injury Trust is one of No5’s nominated charities of the year, and Head of the Clinical Negligence Group, Satinder Hunjan QC, recently became a patron alongside Dame Judi Dench. The charity was established by a group of health professionals in 1991 to research and provide information regarding the effects of ‘traumatic’ injury on a child’s developing brain. It is now the leading voluntary sector organisation in the UK providing emotional and practical support to families affected by childhood acquired brain injury across the whole of the UK.
To donate to the charity go to the No5 Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/strictly9to5/