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Charity dancer raises more than £16,000 in honour of his late dad

By Imogen James

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Strictly contestant Neil Alexander at his farm in Culloden. Picture: Callum Mackay
Strictly contestant Neil Alexander at his farm in Culloden. Picture: Callum Mackay

A STRICTLY Inverness superstar has raised more than £16,000 with his partner ahead of the charity competition, which kicks off tomorrow.

Neil Alexander (54), who will be performing on Friday night, is a farmer in Culloden but has swapped his wellies for dancing shoes during training over the past few months.

He wanted to take part in the much-loved show to help Highland Hospice which cared for his late father Calum who ran the farm before Neil took over.

Mr Alexander runs a small fabrication company from his farm, and donated a set of wrought iron gates to the hospice’s spring auction, raising £5600.

He has also hosted a number of other events including a community sponsored walk for kids.

Calum Alexander.
Calum Alexander.

He thanked ABP in Perth for sponsoring him and Scotgrain Agriculture for also providing assistance for his efforts.

With fundraising and training now at an end, Mr Alexander said he has enjoyed the experience and getting the chance to help out the charity.

“The training was very difficult to start with and I’ve lost a stone and a half, but now I’m feeling a lot better,” he said. “I would recommend it to anyone.”

He is partnered with Lynda Brooman, who hosted a successful fun run last month.

She said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to take part in supporting the hospice and the ice centre, especially after the past two years of minimal fundraising, and being given the privilege of learning to dance and being taught by amazing tutors.

“But most of all, being able to fundraise for much-needed funds.”

Mr Alexander is still welcoming sponsors.

To get in touch, email him at neilalexander2010@hotmail.co.uk.

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