Strictly Come Prancing is a flying success!

Strictly Come Prancing is a flying success!

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Strictly Come Prancing sashayed into the spotlight in 2019 – a festive 5km Christmas dash, prance or dance to raise money for Stop Hunger.

12 ‘prances’ took place across the UK and Ireland in the lead up to Christmas. Sodexo teams, including those from Diageo, BAE, HR, Zurich, UCL, Leonardo Helicopters and Fisher Clinical services, dressed up as their favourite reindeers to support Stop Hunger. Some teams walked, some ran and some even skipped their way over the finish line.

In Salford, the Brand & Communications prancing team were interviewed by students from the University of Salford to help promote the event locally. You can read the news story here and watch a video of the team below before their run.

Those who took part helped raised more than £3,700 that will be used by Stop Hunger to help fund community projects, local charities and national organisations all fighting to tackle hunger and malnutrition. What a huge success!

To add a competition element to Strictly Come Prancing, three titles were up for grabs for those who participated. We can reveal the winners of these titles are:

  • Most innovative fundraising – Diageo Northern Ireland team

The small but mighty Diageo Northern Ireland team raised £603.40 through their innovative Halloween and Christmas raffles. A team spokesperson commented: “We are a small team, but everyone backed us on the prance day. It gave the team a really good feeling to know we were all helping to raise funds for a really good cause. It was a real team effort, and needleless to say we had a bit of a ‘social gathering’ after the walk; we were in the city centre it would have been rude not to!”

  • Best dressed – Zurich team

On hearing about their win, a Zurich team spokesperson said: “As a team, we were very proud to take part in this event along with our colleagues. It was a brilliant, fun way to raise money on a beautiful evening, prancing and singing through the streets of London. More importantly we have been able to give something back to our communities. Giving up our time was just a small contribution towards making a huge difference to people’s lives in the fight to tackle food poverty.”

  • Best individual time – Stephen Glass from 7HQ Diageo

Stephen completed his 5km in 31 minutes and 25 seconds with the 7HQ Diageo team by completing six circuits of the park at the Diageo global headquarters. On the win he said: “Over Christmas it was great to raise some money for Stop Hunger and what better way to do it than to step out into the freezing cold! I hope these events become a regular feature, so we can continue working together to make people’s lives better.”

Zurich team dressed up int heir festive finery for Strictly Come Prancing

Pictured: The ‘best dressed’ Zurich team – they definitely got into the full festive spirit!

Congratulations to the three title winners and thank you to all those who took part in the first ever Strictly Come Prancing – here’s to the next one in 2020!

For more information on Stop Hunger and how you can join the fight against hunger, including fundraising tips and volunteering information, please click here.


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