Dorothy Clarke, known by many across the town as the face of the Bollywood Dreamers dance group, as seen at Swindon Mela and many other public events has been diagnosed with a serious and rare auto-immune disease called anti-synthetase syndrome which is being treated with chemotherapy.
Dorothy is also well known in schools around the town where she teaches Bollywood and other Indian dance styles.
Pictured right, Dorothy at cultural awareness event at Orchid Vale Primary School in North Swindon
From her close links with Swindon’s Twin Town of Ocotal in Nicargua, through Swindon Ocotal Link, Dorothy has taught Bollywood dance in Nicaragua and has brought back and teaches various Nicaraguan dances in Swindon – see below.
Always the community champion, Dorothy has decided to to raise awareness of auto-immune disease conditions by raising funds for a women’s refuge group, Bailancho Ekvott, near her home town of Benaulim, in Goa.
She will undergo the head shave on Friday 25 October at 1pm at Kateson Body Care, Unit 33 Brunel Arcade, Swindon town centre, upstairs, near the House of Fraser.
Generous donations are request to support Goan women recovering from abuse and violence who are being helped towards self-reliance and empowerment.
People wishing to give can send a cheque to Dorothy Clarke at address below, make a pledge by mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct payments can be made to: Nationwide Bank, Regent Street Swindon. Sort code: 07-10-40. Account No: 60442775
Left, Dorothy with South Swindon MP Robert Buckland with Lydiard Park Academy students in Nicaraguan costumes at a Global Enrichment Day in July