Scott Murray dons his dancing shoes for the NSPCC
FORMER Bristol City player Scott Murray is getting his dancing shoes on to help raise money for the NSPCC.
A host of other Bristol celebrities are also taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing-style event, which will raise money for the children's charity's new Bristol Service Centre.
The centre offers a range of services to protect the most vulnerable youngsters, including those at risk of physical abuse within their family, babies, children in care, children from ethnic communities and those at risk of neglect.
The NSPCC has had a presence in Bristol since it became the location for its first ever branch in 1887. The charity hopes the new services in the city will help develop an understanding of what type of work achieves the best results for children.
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It will then use what it learns to inform government and other agencies, to help launch the most effective programmes for children who need it and to improve understanding of the challenging world of child cruelty.
It is holding its first big event to raise money specifically for the service centre, called Let's Dance for the NSPCC. Bristol celebrities are taking part, including stars from football, rugby, cricket and boxing.
It will be held on Saturday, November 17 in the Grand Hall of Bristol Grammar School and is being organised in conjunction with the Dance Factory Bristol. It is hoped £10,000 will be raised for the NSPCC.
The dancers include Scott Murray and dance partner Rebecca Thomas; former England and Gloucestershire cricket player Mark Alleyne, who will be partnered by his wife Lou; David Rees, ex-Bristol and England Rugby player, with dance partner Tania Roberts; former WBC super middleweight boxing champion Glen Catley and dance partner Kerry Elkins; ex-Bristol rugby player Craig Short partnered by his wife Anna; and Jed Pitman, sports presenter on Jack FM, partnered by his wife Kate.
The audience will be asked to vote for their favourite couple by donating money, with the winning couple the ones who have raised the most.
Buy tickets through the website, at http://www.nspcc.org.uk/get-involved /join-an-event/concerts-and-theatre /lets-dance-for-children-bristol_wde 90796.html