Srictly group photoFor the past five years, United Utilities colleagues have been swapping hard hats for sequins, and work boots for dancing shoes, in a Strictly Come Dancing style fundraiser. We call it ‘UU Does Strictly.’

This year’s event, held once again at Southport’s Floral Hall, the spiritual home of ballroom, was as spectacular as ever.

Twelve weeks of hard work and dedication paid off as eight amateur dancers from United Utilities and our partner companies performed dazzling displays with their professional partners, from the Waltz to the Samba, the Polka to the Rhumba, to an American Smooth Quickstep.

It was another sell out for the black tie event, with over 400 people attending. More than £48,000 was raised for our charity partner, North West Air Ambulance Charity as well as Claire House Children’s Hospice.

Winners All the contestants put on a fantastic show, with first place ultimately going to Paul Hill, who works as a Resolution Analyst in the Alliance Response Centre, and pro partner Lauren Taylor.

As a special surprise to mark the event’s fifth anniversary, contestants from previous years took to the dancefloor, to the delight of the crowd.

More the £200,000 has been raised for good causes since we began getting our groove on at United Utilities – and we don’t plan to stop dancing anytime soon!

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