Ayrshire MSP Sharon Dowey will be taking part in Ayrshire Does Strictly later this month to raise money for the Killie Community.

The event on September 30 takes place at Ayr Racecourse, and will raise money for the charity that uses football as a force for good to support people across Ayrshire. 

The charity is based at Rugby Park, the home of Kilmarnock FC, with the staff and volunteers dedicated to promoting active lifestyles and tackling health and social inequalities.

Sharon has been paired with Portuguese professional dancer Nuno, who leads Scotland’s Dance4Passion dancing school.

The evening will be hosted by Michelle McManus and will feature a special appearance from professional ballroom and Latin American dancer Ian Waite.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist South Scotland MSP admitted she has mixed emotions ahead of the event. 

She said: “I’m not sure whether it’s the nerves or the excitement, but I’m really looking forward to taking part in Ayrshire Does Strictly next Saturday.

“The event is taking place at Ayr Racecourse and I’m fundraising for the Killie Community, which is a fantastic charity using football as a force for good to support people across Ayrshire.

“I’ve given every dance practice my all, and it’s been great to work with my professional dance partner Nuno. I couldn’t have been in safer hands

“Any donation you can give, no matter how big or small, will go a long way in helping the Killie Community promote an active lifestyle and tackle health and social inequalities across Ayrshire.

“Thank you to those of you who have already donated, and for those who have bought tickets to come along on the night, I hope you have a great evening.”

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/page/sharon-dowey-strictly.