Strictly for charity: Ed Balls to give £70,000 dance lesson


Ed Balls was the £70,000 top prize at a charity auction and has been lined up to lead a private dance lesson.

The former shadow chancellor and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones were the big money prize at a gala for global literacy charity Room to Read at Drapers' Hall in London.

Ed Balls and his Strictly Come Dancing partner Katya Jones attend Room to Read's charity gala at Drapers' Hall in central London.

The charity said the winner paid the top price for a private dancing lesson - and Ed is delighted at the vote of confidence following the event which was attended by City bosses.

He said: "I'm happy that putting myself in the spotlight has helped Room to Read raise such a lot of money for their programmes spanning 10 countries across Asia and Africa. I'm looking forward to teaching the City a thing or two about being nimble-footed."

Ed Balls and Katya on Strictly

Room to Read founder John Wood said: "We're extremely grateful to Ed and Katya for donating this truly one-of-a-kind auction prize and it's been an amazing result for us. The money raised will help to provide a quality education for 2,000 children across Asia and Africa."

The charity is a global organisation aiming to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.