With Strictly on our screens again, there is a chance to collect a piece of Strictly history and help our Sanctuary!

Bleakholt President Gemma Atkinson took part in the BBC dance show in 2017 and met her partner Gorka Marquez there, with whom she has a three-year-old daughter, Mia.

The Hits Radio host finished joint second in Series 15 and has donated her dancing shoes, size 6.5 and signed by Gemma, to us to auction off for the charity. They are currently on show in a Strictly-themed window in our charity shop on Market Street in Bacup.

“I was happy to donate my Strictly dancing shoes to Bleakholt to auction off,” said Gemma. “I had some good times in them – and despite being high they were comfortable to dance in!

“It’s tough times for everyone at the moment, especially a site as big as Bleakholt, so hopefully these can raise some money for the sanctuary while, whoever bids the highest, will have a piece of Strictly history!”

The shoes are being auctioned on ebay at:


Closing date for bids is Saturday October 8th 2022.