A LINE-dancing group in Hucknall is determined to continue its long tradition of fundraising — even though its leader has been hit with a cancer bombshell.
Lynne’s Line Dancing, which is based at Hucknall Leisure Centre, is run by Lynne Barnard, a dance teacher with 14 years of experience.
The club, which was founded eight years, has always been involved in backing charities.
And in the last six years, it has focused its efforts on supporting the lifesaving Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. It has raised, on average, £1,200 a year — a total of more then £6,000.
Now the twice-a-week dance class has handed over another cheque for £1,000 to the charity.
But the money was raised against the gloomy backdrop of Lynne, of Vaughan Estate in Hucknall, being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in her thigh.
It meant she had to take time off from leading her classes while she underwent an operation and radiotherapy.
Thankfully, Lynne is back and in remission from the cancer. She is full of praise for her members who have continued their charity work with regular raffles.
“It has been a rollercoaster ride over the last year,” said mum-of-two Lynne (59). “As for anyone who is diagnosed with cancer, it is a very anxious time.
“But the support I have received from everyone who have helped keep me and the group going during this time has been fantastic.
“The silver lining has been the group’s continued success. It is a wonderful effort to have raised £1,000 in the last year for the air ambulance. It is such a good cause but has to rely on donations and we are only glad to help.”
The money has been collected through social evenings every six-to-eight weeks when many of the 90 members, who are aged from 40 to 80-plus, take part by supplying buffet food and donating raffle prizes. Cash comes from raffle-ticket sales.
“Everyone has a great night and it’s a very positive way of backing the air ambulance,” said Lynne, who is administration manager and front-of-house manager at the leisure centre on Linby Road.
It was last March when Lynne’s health problems started. She found a lump in her leg and visited her doctor three times before being referred to a specialist.
The growth had become so large that surgeons had to remove part of the muscle in her thigh. She is having to return to the hospital every three months for tests and will be monitored for ten years.
But she is now back in full control of the group and has reserved special praise for her husband, Brian, dance teachers Kate Sala and Darren Martin, who took the helm, and all the members.
“I wouldn’t have got through it without them,” she said. “When I came out of hospital, my house was full of flowers and cards.
“Now we want to continue our fundraising efforts and really give a boost the air ambulance.”