Meet Strictly fundraising champ Trishia!

Ballroom beginner Patrishia Adams from Easterhouse entered a prestigious dance competition – then gave herself just 10 weeks to learn all the steps and raise as much money as possible for Scottish Huntington’s Association.

The 42-year-old anaesthetics nurse hadn’t danced since her ballet and tap days 30 years ago.

But her determination and rigorous training paid off when she wowed the judges on the big night and waltzed her way to first place with former Scottish ballroom champion James Shields.

“The Step Up For Charity challenge was just like Strictly – all the non-dancers were paired up with a professional partner and we trained three or four times a week. As the competition got closer, we were practising every day and I loved it,” said Trishia, who is married with two children.

“On the night the dancers were all backstage so we couldn’t see what was going on. I was nervous but my friends and family were there, and Linda from Scottish Huntington’s Association came along to cheer me on too. The atmosphere was brilliant.

“It was an amazing experience and I couldn’t believe it when I came out top. I’m even more delighted to have raised over £1000 for Scottish Huntington’s Association through my Justgiving page and there’s more to come from a share of what was raised at the Step Up For Charity event.”

Having been bitten by the ballroom bug, Trishia is reuniting with her champion dance partner by joining Jim’s dance classes – and she plans to continue supporting Scottish Huntington’s Association.

“It’s my first time fundraising for the charity and I’ve discovered a new passion for dance along the way,” said Trishia.

“People close to me are affected by Huntington’s disease so I’ll be staying involved with the charity now that I know how much support there is for families from Scottish Huntington’s Association.”

Leave a reply