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Line dancers raise money for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance after crews save a friend's life when he fell ill in Spalding




Inspired by the work of Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance crews, who helped save the life of a friend, a team of line dancers raised a brilliant £1,552 for the charity.

Grandad David Kirk suffered a cardiac arrest while taking part in a fundraising event at Spalding Primary School in July 2016.

He had taken part in a line dancing demonstration at the school's summer fete in Woolram Wygate, when he suddenly felt 'warm and sweaty.'

David Kirk and wife Muriel, pictured in 2016, after his recovery in hospital. Photo: TIM WILSON. (8017481)
David Kirk and wife Muriel, pictured in 2016, after his recovery in hospital. Photo: TIM WILSON. (8017481)

"At the end of the fourth dance, I felt a bit light-headed and I went to sit down," he told us. "Then I started to feel like I had a stomach ache which was when I felt on the warm and funny side."

He was helped by a first aider while a police officer called for an ambulance. The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance attended the scene and David was airlifted to Lincoln County Hospital.

Line dancing instructors Ron and Marion Bloye (pictured standing in the first row, centre) with the team that raised money for the air ambulance. David Kirk is pictured standing on the left in the back row, and his wife Muriel is seated second from left on the front row. Photo by Angela Reeve. (8017440)
Line dancing instructors Ron and Marion Bloye (pictured standing in the first row, centre) with the team that raised money for the air ambulance. David Kirk is pictured standing on the left in the back row, and his wife Muriel is seated second from left on the front row. Photo by Angela Reeve. (8017440)

He said: "I remember being in the air ambulance and I was going in and out (of consciousness), and I said 'can I look out the window and they said 'no, you need to lie down!'

David was treated at Lincoln and then transferred to Nottingham City Hospital where he had an ICD (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator for abnormal heart rhythms) fitted.

"I remember being in the air ambulance and I was going in and out (of consciousness), and I said 'can I look out the window and they said 'no, you need to lie down!'

Now aged 71, David, who lives just outside Wyberton, with wife Muriel, said: "I could not fault the air ambulance team and their response. They are brilliant. Because of what happened, the group wanted to raise money for the charity."

And he's still line dancing.

Ron and Marion Bloye (pictured on the right) present the cheque to the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. Photo by Angela Reeve. (8017464)
Ron and Marion Bloye (pictured on the right) present the cheque to the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. Photo by Angela Reeve. (8017464)

The money was raised at the 'Sunday social' events organised by line dancing instructors Ron and Marion Bloye. They run the Sutton Streamliners at Sutton Bridge and teach classes covering Spalding to Weston, to Kings Lynn and Peterborough. Members donated prizes for a raffle to help raise the funds.

  • You can contact Ron and Marion on 07554 008221 for more information about their classes.


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