County dancers stepping out for charity

Line-dancers from across Shropshire have been putting their best foot forward and have raised over £12,000 for the Midlands Air ambulance in just twelve months, which was presented to the charity at a social evening held at St Giles Church Hall in Shrewsbury.

Dance instructor Sandra Speck, of West Felton, near Oswestry runs ‘Dance with Sandra’ line-dancing classes for over 200 members at various venues across the region including Oswestry, Ellesmere, Wattlesborough and Shrewsbury with people travelling from miles around to take part in her dancing lessons and fun sessions.

One lady more than happy to support the cause was club member Sheila Barnes, aged 69, from Llanfair Caereinion, who was involved in a head-on vehicle collision near Welshpool in 2008 and was rushed to hospital by the Air Ambulance.

Sheila said: “If it hadn’t been for the helicopter then I simply wouldn’t be here today, I spent 16 days in intensive care at Shrewsbury and the medical staff told me that my prompt rescue from the incident had literally saved my life. I am very lucky to be alive and also able to enjoy my dancing, so now I do all I can to help the charity as I am so much in their debt.”

Events staged in the past year included a sponsored dance session and an all day dance marathon, which together with raffles and individual donations raised the large amount of money.

Sandra Speck commented: “My classes have now been going for over ten years and during that time we have raised over £58,000 for various charities, including £44,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance itself since 2009.

“This charity is close to so many people’s hearts and they do tend to give generously as they usually know somebody who has benefitted from this essential emergency service within the community.”

MAA fundraising manager Maria Jones on accepting this latest cheque said: “This really is a fantastic amount of money and we are extremely grateful to Sandra and her supportive dancing members for the amazing donations they have made over the past five years.”

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