Dancing so others can survive cancer
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.
Arthur and Gwen Risby with accordionist Roger Letley, who provided the music for the dance