Line dancers have topped the £20,000 fundraising mark after their latest cheque presentation to the save a life mammogram department at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Organiser Yvonne Eastwood, who was diagnosed with breast cancer herself in September 1999, has been raising money for the hospital since – more than 16 years.
More than 30 people attend the weekly line dance classes at Snettisham Memorial Hall every Tuesday afternoon. A monthly raffle is also held to boost proceeds.
Hunstanton resident Yvonne, who remained in remission until 2004, said: “I’ve never really thought about how much has been raised but when you see it in writing, it hits home.
“After I was diagnosed, I had both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The hospital were so good to me that I wanted to do something to pay them back.
“Some of the people have been with me since I first started the classes back in 2000. One lady who comes along is 82 and this year I will be 74.
“I will carry on with the classes as it helps keep everyone’s minds occupied.
“The classes are so friendly and it’s a lovely atmosphere.
“Our motto is to keep smiling and I will continue to raise money for as long as I possibly can. Next year, my target will be £500 as I’m not able to do the demonstrations, which brought in even more money, anymore.”
Anyone who would like to know more about the line dance classes, which take place between 1.30 and 3.30pm every Tuesday, or people would like to join the group can contact Yvonne on 01485 532317.
Pictured above at the presentation to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital are, from left: Amanda Edgar (QEH), Yvonne Eastwood, Sally Bird (QEH) with the Snettisham line dancers.
Picture: MICHAEL FYSH