Estate Manager Edward Benyon has put his best foot forward by taking part in the ‘Strictly Dancing Ball’ to raise funds for Teens Unite Fighting Cancer.
One of 16 amateur dancers that have been in training for the charity event, Edward performed a waltz with Liv Sharp from Wright Rhythm Dance School at the dazzling extravaganza at Grosvenor House in central London on Saturday, March 26th 2022.
The event was judged by a line-up of stars, including Head Judge Joanne Banham, a professional Ballroom and Latin dancer; Paul Tame, winner of many Open Ballroom and Latin championships worldwide; actress and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Laila Rouass; actress Alex Kingston, best known for her role as River Song in Dr Who; and Eastenders star Dean Gaffney.
With months of training under his belt, Edward’s hard work paid off as he successfully completed his routine to impress the audience and judges.
“Having lost my best friend to cancer a year ago, I’ve wanted to do something for a cancer charity, so jumped at the chance to take part in the Strictly Dancing Ball,” Edward said.
“It has been a real challenge and an entirely new skill to learn, but one that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. With the excellent coaching from Wright Rhythm Dance School and the support of the audience, it was great fun to perform, but I’ve discovered how bad at dancing I am!
“Most importantly, the event has raised £116,000 and counting for Teens Unite Fighting Cancer who are doing exceptional work offering social, emotional, and physical support to teens and young adults diagnosed with cancer.”
Edward was cheered on by wife Jennifer and daughter Tory, as well as our Office Manager Vanessa, Residential Lettings Manager Laila, and a sold-out room of over 500 guests.
Teens Unite Fighting Cancer was co-founded by Karen Millen OBE and Debbie Pezzani and supports those aged 13-24 with cancer. The charity aims to help young people build on their self-esteem and self-confidence, and reduce feelings of isolation.
By registering with the charity, young people can meet others with similar diagnoses, take part in free online and in-person events, such as mindfulness, cooking sessions, sports and social events, join the charity’s annual activity stay, and join online skills classes with the New Skills Academy.
To find out more and support the charity, visit https://www.teensunite.org/.