Emma Thornton organised an evening of live music, a four-course meal, raffle, and a charity auction in Kent in memory of her son James to raise vital funds for children and young people with cancer.
Emma wanted to organise the Dinner Dance in memory of her son James, who was diagnosed with Wilms Tumour and sadly died in October 2015.
The evening started with canapes and a sparkling wine reception, included a four-course dinner, and ended with a disco organised by James’ brother, Ed.
The night involved a raffle with prizes such as a giant teddy bear, Odeon cinema tickets, and a chocolate hamper. All items were kindly donated by local businesses, large companies and friends.
There was also a charity auction, with prizes including a four ball golf day at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, a family photo shoot, and an oil painting, which was created during the evening by a family friend.
The themes of the event revolved around James’ personality. For example, the decorations were all blue as this was James’ favourite colour, and the tables were named after the different teams for the 2016 Formula 1.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Charlie Straker said: “We really appreciate the hard work and dedication that has been put into James’ event, and I’d like to thank Emma and her family for continuing to support CLIC Sargent in his name.
“I’d also like to thank everyone who was involved in the fundraising evening and to those who donated prizes for the raffle and auction. I’m so happy that James’ Dinner Dance received such great local support.
“The total is amazing, and every penny will go a great way in helping us to support more children and young people with cancer.”