MEMBERS of a new city club are enjoying traditional dance while raising money for charities.

Bulgarian dancing community group Nestinari-Detelina was set up in Worcester this year with a number of objectives.

Its main aims are to promote Bulgarian culture and traditions, to rally the eastern European country’s community in Worcestershire as well as neighbouring counties and to help charities.

At the end of February the group’s official opening was attended by the mayor, then Louis Stephen, and mayoress who joined in with their traditional dances.

Since then Nestinari-Detelina has visited Stonebow House Residential Home, Peopleton, dressed in traditional costumes with the elderly people enjoying the short programme prepared for them.

It also held an online bazaar which was opened for a month and managed to raise £500 equally divided between West Mercia Women’s Aid’s Worcester services and the needs of the group.

Nestinari-Detelina is registered as a constituted not-for-profit community group.

Though not the first Bulgarian dance group in the area — three have been started although two remain — organisers say it is the first one to help charities.

It is looking for sponsors to help with rent so people can visit for free for their wellbeing and love of music and dance.

A Worcestershire County Council micro grant boosted the group which has just moved Worcester Community Trust bases from the Horizon Hub in Midland Road to the Ronkswood Hub in Canterbury Road.

It will be meeting on Sundays in Ronkswood from 6.30pm until 7.30pm and all are welcome — not just from the Bulgarian community.

A fundraising Christmas party has already been booked for November to support the Kids Care Charity which helps children in Bulgaria.

For more details on the group, search for Nestinari-Detelina on Facebook where there is an open page.