Essex lottery winner helps wheelchair dancer take to iconic Blackpool ballroom
PUBLISHED: 16:29 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:30 25 September 2017
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A wheelchair ballroom dancer from Essex took to the iconic Blackpool Tower Ballroom dance floor thanks to a National Lottery winner.
Lynne Groves, of Chelmsford, scooped £1million on the Lotto Millionaire Raffle in 2016, and has been helping friends and family along the way.
However, she has also helped others with unique requests, including buying a specialist wheelchair for 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.”
Jane said Lynne’s generosity had seen her live out her dreams.
She 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.
“Friends and family were really generous, and so was our local restaurant, Vita Bella in East Hanningfield, but we were at a bit of a loss to reach the final amount. Then Lynne’s daughter told me her mum would make up the difference and the chair was bought.
“I now have private lessons as often as I can with a trainer and continue to attend the group lesson. I’m still getting the hang of my new chair but I’m improving day by day and have big plans.
“My ultimate aim is to reach the Nationals and from there compete on the international circuit.”