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Essentially Dancing 28 April 2008

David Cretney and Rebecca DawsonVictim Support Isle of Man would like to invite all you budding movers and groovers to our fourth annual Essentially Dancing competition at 7.30pm on Saturday, 17th May 2008 at the Villa Marina’s Royal Hall. Dust off your best bib and tucker and your best frock, the night promises good all-round family entertainment as well as the opportunity to vote for your favourite celebrity dancers.

Just like the other less popular television version (!) local celebrities including David Cretney MHK, 3FM’s Kevin Ford, Advocate Jim Travers, Border TV’s Joanne Clague, Parish Walker and IoM Sportswoman of the Year 2006 Sue Biggart and HSBC’s Caroline Cornish will be taking part, helping to raise funds and awareness of the much-needed Manx charity – Victim Support.

The event offers you the chance to join in with some social dancing. We also have a brand new lively entertainment programme. After the initial fun, the competition, hosted throughout the evening by Dot Tilbury and Gary Chatel, will begin and you can contribute by voting for your favourite celebrity couple. Our celebrity couples will be dancing to live music by Ray Sloane.

Previous winners include John Kennaugh and Victim Support’s manager Paula Gelling, Dr Tracey Bell, local firefighter David Cowley, advocate Pam Pringle and Energy FM presenter James Turpin. We are joined this year by Perry O’Dea and once again our delightful female dancers Laura Breadner, Rebecca Dawson and Natalie Dawson.

Joanne Clague and Perry O'DeaTickets priced at £10 will be available from the booking office at the [Welcome Centre, Sea Terminal] from 25th February 2008 and the Gaiety Box Office. The event will raise vital funds for Victim Support Isle of Man. Victim Support offers information and support to those affected by crime, domestic abuse, suicide and fatal traffic Incidents. In addition the charity operates the Witness Service, providing support to those giving evidence in court.

In 2007 the number of people Victim Support assisted for serious crimes has nearly doubled since 2003, with the biggest increase in those affected by GBH and sexual assault. Added to that the number of follow-up visits with clients have tripled over the last three years. The number of witnesses and their family and friends that the charity have supported at Court, have tripled from 2004 to 2007.

The charity is part-funded by the Department of Home Affairs, but survives through Volunteers giving their time and charitable donations. So come along and give your support to this worthwhile charity. The event is being sponsored by OSA Recruitment, Training and Development Limited. For further information please contact Paula Gelling, Manager Victim Support 679950.

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