Dosey-doe raises lots of dough for Bowel Cancer UK

Netty Abbey, endoscopy nurse at Will Adams Treatment Centre has helped to raise almost £1,200 for Bowel Cancer UK with a barn dance that really got things moving.

Thanks to her friends, colleagues, and popular folk band Fidler’s Elbow, Netty raised the money at the event at Hoo Village Institute.

She said: “There are not enough barn dances in the world! They get people together, get the heart going and the laughter flowing. They bring people together like nothing else can.

“Working in an endoscopy unit, providing diagnostic imaging for bowel and gastric tract referrals, we understand the importance of Bowel Cancer UK’s work, which is why we made it our charity of the year. They support people living with the condition, as well as educating people that screening and early diagnosis really can save lives.”

Netty got hooked on barn dancing almost 10 years ago when a friend persuaded her to attend classes she was running at Strood Library. In 2012 she organised her own first dance, raising money for the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK, after a friend became ill with the bowel condition. Netty said: “I saw how she suffered and I wanted to do something to show support, as well as raising funds and awareness of the conditions.”

Around 120 people joined in the Bowel Cancer UK dance in Allhallows, and Netty said: “I’d like to thank Care UK for the support it gave promoting the event, all those in the local community who generously donated raffle prizes and Fidler’s Elbow, for the great music. Everyone was so generous.

“I think so many of us have known people with some bowel condition and so people are keen to help or join in. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer. More than 42,000 people are diagnosed with it every year in the UK, so the more funds and awareness we can raise the better.”