January 7th 2015


A Navy Reservist who took part in a Northamptonshire Strictly Come Dancing competition now plans to ‘keep dancing’ after raising money for charity.

Able Seaman Stephen Dunkley, 32, who serves with HMS Sherwood in Nottingham, took part in the competition in November which was organised by Northampton Chronicle and Echo alongside BBC Radio Northampton, Image Magazine, and Step by Step dance school.

The competition came in a bid to raise money for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northamptonshire and took place in front of over 1300 guests at Northampton’s Royal Derngate Theatre on 22 November 2014.

Speaking ahead of the event, Stephen said: “Taking part in a dance contest is not something I have ever considered before but the competition is for a great charity which is bigger and more significant than my own apprehension. This is also an opportunity for a new experience that doesn’t come along every day.”

Stephen, who was assigned a professional partner for the dance, performed both a Rumba and a Jive and now hopes to continue dancing both Ballroom and Latin at a local dance school.

He said: “The experience was excellent but very nerve wracking. I would recommend doing it even just for the opportunity to raise money for charity.

“I really enjoy the dancing and now I’ve got past my first time on stage I have decided to keep dancing at the dance school and will be going for my Ballroom and Latin medals next year.”

Stephen raised over £600 through fundraising for the event.