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Strictly dancer's Dornoch toddler tea party fundraiser

By Caroline McMorran

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A STRICTLY Inverness contestant with Sutherland connections is holding a fundraising toddler tea party in the county later this month.

Shireen Fyffe (30) lived in Dornoch for four years before moving back to Inverness with her family just before Christmas.

Shireen Fyffe with her Strictly Inverness dance partner Jason Kelman. Picture: Callum Mackay
Shireen Fyffe with her Strictly Inverness dance partner Jason Kelman. Picture: Callum Mackay

A careers adviser, she works for Skills Development Scotland and is based at Invergordon Academy.

She is one of the 32 dancers in the 13th annual Strictly Inverness contest which takes place from May 8-10.

The hugely popular event is modelled on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and is a fundraiser for Highland Hospice and Inverness Ice Centre.

Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Giovanni Pernice is a guest judge.

Shireen, who is married to Sean Fyffe and has a son Zach, is competing in memory of her mum Joan Mackay who was cared for by the hospice in 2022 and spent the last five months of her life there.

“The hospice helped create precious memories with my mum that I wouldn’t have been able to create at home,” she said. “So when I look back on our time at the hopsice it makes me smile. I want to fundraise for the hospice to make my mum proud. She will be having a good laugh as she known I’m not a dancer.”

Shireen’s dance partner is Jason Kelman and the pair are currently training with experienced dance tutors as well as organising a variety of events to boost their fundraising.

As part of her fundraising efforts, Shireen is holding a toddler tea party on Tuesday, February 27, at the Tuesday Tots Baby and Toddler Group which meets at the West Church Hall from 10am-11.30am and is run by the Dornoch Firth Group. All proceeds will go towards Shireen’s Strictly participation.

There will be a bouncy castle, party games, finger food and a disco as well as a baking stall. Donations for the bake sale would be gratefully received on the day.

Hospice communications manager Wendy Morgan said: “We are all behind Shireen as she trains and fundraises towards Strictly Inverness as we know how special her reason is for participating.”

Tickets for Strictly Inverness will be on sale from March

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