Danc­ing so oth­ers can sur­vive can­cer

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Jenny Round

A FOLK and barn dance has raised hun­dreds of pounds to help peo­ple with breast can­cer.

Gwen and Arthur Risby, of East­ern Av­enue, Ash­ford, or­gan­ised the event at Chal­lock me­mo­rial hall.

More than 70 peo­ple came along to sup­port it and £440 was raised for the breast can­cer unit at William Har­vey Hospi­tal.

Gwen, who cel­e­brated her 61st birth­day on Sun­day, suc­cess­fully fought breast can­cer seven years ago and had her left breast re­moved.

She said: “It was a very dif­fi­cult time but they were so good and sup­port­ive to me at the hospi­tal, we wanted to do some­thing to help. Fin­gers crossed it has stayed away for seven years and won’t come back.”

Rhonda Barnes, who works for the unit, came along to thank the Ris­bys, who have been mar­ried for 26 years.

Arthur Risby, 62, said: “It was a fan­tas­tic night and we had peo­ple from dance clubs from Can­ter­bury and Faver­sham as well as lo­cal ones.

“The high­light was when I looked up and saw ev­ery sin­gle per­son on the dance floor hav­ing a good time.”

The cou­ple also want to thank Clouds shop in High Street, Ash­ford for do­nat­ing raf­fle prizes.

Thanks also go to Bar­bara Brad­ford, Jean Turner and Edna Bone for help­ing in the kitchen.

Pic­ture: Gerry Whit­taker pd1167727

Arthur and Gwen Risby with ac­cor­dion­ist Roger Let­ley, who pro­vided the mu­sic for the dance

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