The BBC have confirmed that Aliona will be one of the professional dancers taking part in The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief.
The four-part series, which will air on BBC One in the lead-up to Comic Relief 2015, follows the journey of these six extraordinary individuals as they embark on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They’ll take part in their own televised Strictly experience and will perform for the nation in the famous Strictly Come Dancing ballroom.
The public nominated deserving Strictly super-fans in their thousands. Each of the lucky six contestants was selected for their tireless and selfless work which has helped change so many lives for the better.
The contestants are:
- Philip Barnett from Cornwall, who founded a children’s theatre charity in 1994 and has since raised over £2 million and staged over 70 shows.
- Trishna Bharadia from Buckinghamshire, who is living with MS and works hard to raise awareness around the condition.
- Anna Kennedy OBE from Middlesex, who set up the largest school for autism in the UK after her own autistic sons were turned away from mainstream education.
- Cassidy Little, originally from Canada but now lives in Peterborough. Cassidy was serving in Afghanistan as a medic for the Royal Marines when he was severely injured, losing the lower half of his leg in an explosion. His positivity has helped several of his colleagues through their time in rehab.
- Heather Parsons from Hampshire, who set up her own charity to support intensive care patients and their families, following her own near-death experience in intensive care.
- Michael Pattie from Dumfries, who has raised over £300,000 for meningitis charities, after losing his son to the disease.