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Geoff Ward

Variety's Strictly Ballroom Competition

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Target £0.00

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My story

[p]So how on earth did I find myself taking part in Variety’s Strictly Ballroom competition on 9th October? There’s a question! Simple really, a very talented and committed bunch of individuals at Variety Yorkshire caught me, put me in a sack and drove me away in a van. The only way to buy my freedom was to promise to be a contestant![/p][p]Now, what REALLY happened was my company, Stephen George + Partners Architects, has had the pleasure of sponsoring the annual Yorkshire Property Awards at Rudding Park for a few years. On those occasions we have been moved by the work Variety has done; providing much needed help to the children and young persons in desperate need in our region. We were impressed by the dedication and persistence of the guys at Variety.[/p][p]So, when in 2018 I was asked if I would do Strictly, I was simultaneously flattered and terrified and, able to use the genuine excuse that I was nursing a back injury, politely declined.[/p][p]But the Variety angels are persistent (very persistent) and, when I met them again at YPA this year – suitably lubricated and largely-anaesthetised – Charlotte and Annabel asked me once more. “I’m really not sure” I said. “You’d be perfect” they said. White lies of course, but they had the big fella on the hook! “You’ll be partnered with a professional dancer and given lessons!” Oh, goody… dancing lessons. You might be [u]able[/u] to train a dog to fly an aeroplane, but that does not necessarily make it a good idea. [/p][p]"All the dance instruction is properly organised by Victoria Coultas Dance” they said, and then they unleashed their secret weapon; “Meet Victoria.” Job done! 😊[/p][p]So, if you fancy the opportunity of seeing 6’4” and 280lbs of uncoordinated chaos doing his thing in a good cause, get yourself on to the Variety website: [url=https://www.variety.org.uk/events/varietys-strictly-ballroom-2019]BUY TICKETS[/url] come along to Bowcliffe Hall on the 9th October and have a great evening. If you can’t come, but the very THOUGHT of yours truly making a bit of a fool of himself gives you pleasure – put a price on that pleasure and donate what you can – it will be greatly appreciated. Go on, get on that website and spare a thought for poor Victoria![/p][p]Mrs Ward thinks it’s highly amusing – must be worth £50! [/p]

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Nov 1, 2019

Shirley

Seven! Congratulations Shirley & Neil.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 30, 2019

Santana

Well done Geoff, fantastic effort.

£25.00

Oct 17, 2019

Justine

Well done Geoff. I’ve just watched the video! Fantastic! X

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 11, 2019

Nita Varia

Great cause Geoff x

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2019

Amanda

Great performance Geoff!

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Oct 9, 2019

Mick B

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2019

Karen Coekin

Go Geoff!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 8, 2019

Kiran Parmar

good luck Chief all the best

£25.00

Oct 8, 2019

Anonymous

All the best Geoff from Ian and Russel at Hoare Lea. Keep dancing 😊

£398.00

Oct 8, 2019

James Nicholls

Break a leg Geoff and be sure to forward on all video of the evening!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid