Each week St Luke’s is asking one of its Strictly Learn to Dance contestants to write a blog about their training so far.

Six couples are frantically learning their ballroom or Latin routine ahead of the dazzling dance finale at Crewe Hall on Saturday 24th March.

Kicking off our weekly blog is Acting Chief Constable of Cheshire Police, Janette McCormick….


Well the last time I was on a stage dancing I was about six – the song ‘Nelly the Elephant’ summed up my talent as a dancer. Now, some 40+ years on, as Acting Chief Constable for Cheshire Police and swopping the beat for the dancefloor, I said ‘yes’ to taking part in St Luke’s Strictly Learn to Dance with the memory of a number of my officers in my mind who have been supported by the hospice.

Jill Cope was one of our PCSOs, I remember she was always raising funds for others so, with the chance to give a little back and change the black uniform for a fake tan and sequins, why would I say ‘no’.

The spins of the ‘quickstep’ are making me a little sick, and the heels are nothing like my usual work boots, but my partner Kevin Shufflebottom is so patient, an inspiring dance partner, and certainly keeps fit! Amongst many other achievements he’s run the London Marathon four times and is a Run Leader with England Athletics. He is passionate about encouraging individuals to take up running when they think they can’t run….a bit like me taking part in Strictly Learn to Dance.

At the end of this I do hope not only that I will be able to raise as much for St Luke’s as I can, but to be able to dance with my dad who is 81 – he can do a mean quickstep!

I really hope I can do justice to Kevin, and particularly to everyone who has already pledged on my JustGiving page. If you are able to contribute, here’s a link to my JustGiving page

St Luke’s, thank you for this amazing opportunity.

Janette McCormick

Acting Chief Constable, Cheshire Constabulary