Dancing couple set for Strictly-style charity gig

BEST FEET FORWARD: Rebecca Wilkie and her partner Chris Porritt
BEST FEET FORWARD: Rebecca Wilkie and her partner Chris Porritt

A TOE-TAPPING couple are putting their best feet forward to raise charity cash for needy children in Hartlepool.

Rebecca Wilkie and her partner Chris Porritt are taking part in Let’s Dance, a Strictly Come Dancing-style competition to raise money for the Hartlepool branch of the NSPCC.

Rebecca Wilkie and her partner Chris Porritt.

Rebecca Wilkie and her partner Chris Porritt.

The kind-hearted pair, who have no dancing experience between them, are going to be trying their hand – or feet – at the mambo and the waltz at the glitzy gig at The Borough Hall, on the Headland, in Hartlepool, on Friday, March 13.

And while the sequins and glitz is being stitched to their costumes, the twinkled-toed twosome are putting in about seven hours practice per week, at both Carol Hammond’s Dance Studio, and also in their front room at home.

Rebecca, who helps and advises dozens of customers each day in her role as a customer services adviser, said: “I was at work and a lady from the NSPCC was in the town centre at a carol singing event.

“I went up to her and asked if I could get involved in anything to raise money because it’s a really worthy cause.

“I feel like I’m actually on Strictly Come Dancing!”

Rebecca Wilkie

“She told me about the dancing competition and it went from there.”

Rebecca, 25, who lives in the Rift House area of Hartlepool, with Chris, 24 – who works in medical supplies – then roped him into taking part as well.

She said: “Chris was a bit apprehensive at first but he’s really enjoying it now.

“We do about two hours a week at the dance studio and about another five hours around the front room.

Rebecca Wilkie and her partner Chris Porritt.

Rebecca Wilkie and her partner Chris Porritt.

“I’m nervous but I’m excited at the same time. I can’t wait. I feel like I’m actually on Strictly Come Dancing the television programme!”

Rebecca added: “We’ve stood on each other’s toes quite a few times and had a few incidents of trips and clumsiness but we’re getting there.

“We’ve also had a arguments where one of us has said ‘right that’s it I’m not doing it’, but then we remember we’re doing it for charity and we just get on with it.”

Previously the Mail has featured fellow contestants Sacha and Nina Bedding, and Nick and Linsey Watson, and Chaplain Dave Russon and his wife Madeline.

Rebecca Wilkie and her partner Chris Porritt.

Rebecca Wilkie and her partner Chris Porritt.