Husband's dance charity success

A GRATEFUL husband is dancing to a happy tune today as he celebrates raising £10,000 for Ipswich Hospital.Ken Levett, 59, set up a dance class in memory of his wife Janet who died aged 50 in 2004 from breast cancer.

A GRATEFUL husband is dancing to a happy tune today as he celebrates raising £10,000 for Ipswich Hospital.

Ken Levett, 59, set up a dance class in memory of his wife Janet who died aged 50 in 2004 from breast cancer.

Mr Levett, of Fernhayes Close, Ipswich, who qualified as a dance teacher in the 1970s but stopped teaching some years before his wife's death, has now donated the money to the Somersham Ward Support Group.

Mr Levett, who has two children, Andrew, 29, and Tracy 25, and still works as a caravan technician, said: “I was talking to some of the fundraisers for the ward and I wanted to repay them for the care my wife was given and wanted to contribute with my skills.

“I came out of retirement and started putting on the lessons teaching Latin American dance, ballroom and square dancing. All the money goes to charity.

“It went well, dancing is about meeting people - we've even had a few marriages of people who've met at the classes.

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“I'm over-the-moon about the amount of money I've collected. I never realised it would take off to this extent.

“I've given the money to Somersham Ward as I've gone along and now it's reached £10,000. It's gone to help buy breathing equipment, electrical beds and lots more. I do feel good about that.

“I'm still doing it in her memory.”

The classes, at St Peter's Church Hall in Stoke Park Drive, are not held during the summer months but more lessons will be starting again in September.

Have you raised money for a good cause? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.