Dreams Come True for Essex Wheelchair Ballroom Dancer


A keen wheelchair ballroom dancer lived out one of her dancing dreams today when she took to the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom dance floor thanks to the generosity of a National Lottery winner. 

Lynne Groves from Chelmsford in Essex scooped £1million on the Lotto Millionaire Raffle in 2016. While the grandmother of 11 has treated her nearest and dearest, she has also helped others with more unique requests.

Most recently she matched donations to enable the purchase of a specialist wheelchair for avid dancer Jane Hambling (27) who was born with Cerebral Palsy.

Lynne said, “When I heard that a friend of my daughter’s had managed to raise half the funds for her new chair it was great to be able to step in and make up the difference. This has been one of the greatest joys of winning, the ability to help out where I think it’s needed most.

“The lottery has opened many doors, not least getting Jane exclusive access to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. It’s been an incredible morning and one I hope that inspires Jane to keep dancing.” I have also been tempted to place an order with Terry Lifts so that Jane can have full access to every area of her home easily, but she assures me that that is not necessary. I have a feeling she just wants me to help someone else next, rather than focusing on her, but I’m enjoying the opportunity I have to help as much as I can.

Keen dancer Jane has every intention to keep dancing. Decked out in a striking red dress, perfect for the ballroom setting, Jane performed to her favourite tune putting her new wheelchair through its paces.

Jane said, “Mum made me go to the first session with my electric chair as something to do and to get out of the house. After that very first session I was hooked and I still absolutely love it. For three years I danced with my electric chair but as I progressed realised I really needed a manual sports version.”

With the specialist wheelchair costing in excess of £1,000 Jane worried about raising the funds but the published author wasn’t going to be stopped by the financial hiccup and using her initiative, launched a justgiving page.

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