City of Glasgow College’s Corporate Development Director has managed to raise £5,000 for charity after deciding to swap the boardroom for the ballroom.
Roy Gardner, who is originally from Airdrie, managed to raise the sum by competing in The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice’s (A Little Less) Strictly Come Dancing competition. The money will be donated to the Brick by Brick Appeal, which was set up in 2012 to raise vital funds for a new, purpose-built home for the hospice in Glasgow.
The former St Margaret’s High School pupil, who confessed to having “two left feet” before training for the glitzy event began, spent more than ten weeks relentlessly practicing the jive with his dance partner, Heather Mason. He then performed it live in front of a sold-out audience at the event, which was held at the five-star Hilton hotel in Glasgow and hosted by celebrities Carol Smillie and Bryan Burnett.
Roy, who has since proudly taken on the moniker ‘Mr Showbiz’, said: “Training for the event was very intensive and I found it quite difficult in the beginning, despite initially thinking I knew how to dance. Heather took me through all the proper steps and taught me how important it is to time them exactly to the music, which was quite a challenge. However, I managed to get the hang of it after she showed me the ropes and loved every minute of performing on the night. We were over the moon to receive scores of ten from each of the four judges – we couldn’t have done better if we’d tried!
“My colleagues at City of Glasgow College have been so supportive and many of them have made positive and amusing comments about my new-found love of dancing. Taking part in this event was one of the best things I’ve ever done and I am so delighted to have raised so much money for such a fantastic charity.”
Heather, who works as the Head of Fundraising at the hospice, has been dancing since the age of four. She said: “Roy has been an absolute pleasure to work with – he took to the jive fantastically. We laughed as much as we danced and the whole experience, from beginning to end, has been wonderful.
“I couldn’t have landed a better dance partner and I am pleased that I can now call Roy a friend. His efforts in support of the Hospice appeal have been tremendous and his family, friends and colleagues really got behind him. Scoring four scores of ten on the night was the icing on the cake and Roy really deserved it for all the hard work he put in.”