Club’s stepping up for our air appeal

A dancing club is stepping in time with the Ripley and Heanor News Air Ambulance Appeal by holding a hip-twisting fundraiser next month

The members of Crooked Line line dancing club based at Somerlea Park Community Centre in Somercotes are set to hold an afternoon of move-strutting, raffles and tombolas for the vital charity on Sunday, October 27

Proceeds from the event at the Post Mill Community Centre, South Normanton, will all go to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Club member and organiser Jean Corby, 71, of Pine Close, Ripley has held a fundraiser for different charities every year since 1999.

Now the former clothing shop owner and grandmother of nine is backing the News’ bid to raise hundreds for the vair ambulance.

She said: “When we voted on which charity to pick this year, the air ambulance had the most ticks, I think it’s absolutely brilliant what they do.

“I’ve already had a cheque for £100 from a local person, who’s on the television a lot! That’s all I can tell you!”

Tickets for the line dancing fundraiser are £6.50 and available by calling Jean on 01773 747560.

A spokesperson for the charity said this week:“We are extremely grateful to Ripley and Heanor News for this campaign and the fundraising events that have been launched as a result. Our Charity receives no Government funding and relies entirely on donations made by the British public. It’s campaigns like this that keep us saving lives.”

To donate to the News campaign, send cheques of any amount to Ripley and Heanor News Air Ambulance Campaign, The Air Ambulance Service, Hazell House, Burnthurst Lane, Princethorpe, Warwickshire, CV23 9QA. You can also donate via debit card over the phone on 08454 130999.

It costs £1.7 million a year to run this service, with each mission costing approximately £1,400.

Just £5,000 would enable Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance to carry out three rescue missions, with enough left over to provide essential medical equipment for our doctors and paramedics. This money could ultimately save the lives of three people within the local community.