Local luncheon dance provides big boost for Doncaster hospice

A local luncheon dance has raised £1200 for our St John’s Hospice in Balby, Doncaster.

Malinda Lygo, who is 74 and from Edenthorpe has been raising money for charity since the tender age of 11, Malinda later formed Christchurch Dancers, a luncheon dance club with the aim to raise money to benefit local charities.

In 1982, Malinda held her first fundraiser to raise money to help build St John’s Hospice, now 37 years on and with the support of her partner Terrance Barker, the luncheon club is going strong and still raising money. Participants pay a fee of £3.50 per dance and all money raised goes to local charities.

Malinda said: “I’ve always loved to raise money to help local causes, I wanted to donate to the hospice because so many people’s lives have been touched by cancer. People travel from all over Yorkshire to participate in the luncheon and it makes me feel so proud that we can do something we love whilst raising money to help others.”

The luncheon dance is held at Parklands Social Club, Wheatley and runs every Wednesday and Friday for ballroom and sequence dance and the first Tuesday of every month for a rock n roll.

Lindsey Richards of the Hospice said: “We are so grateful at the hospice for the donation, it is wonderful that Malinda has supported the hospice from the very beginning and the ongoing support is amazing. We want to say a massive thank you to Malinda, Terrance and the Christchurch Dancers for their continued support.”

If you would like to donate to your local hospice please go to:

http://www.stjohnshospicedoncaster.co.uk/fundraise/donate/

The hospice is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

Some of the Christchurch dancers are pictured with Lindsey Richards of the hospice.

Some of the Christchurch dancers are pictured with Lindsey Richards of the hospice.

From left to right, Allen Mannifield, Lindsey     Richards of the hospice, Malinda Lygo and Terrance Barker.

From left to right, Allen Mannifield, Lindsey Richards of the hospice, Malinda Lygo and Terrance Barker.