The Great Hall was filled with supporters who enjoyed a wonderful meal, auction, presentation and danced until midnight to the Motown Pirates. The event is set to exceed expectations, raising over £10,000 once all the donations have been received.
Charlie White from Penzance died aged 20 in 2009 after a six-month battle with cancer. During the latter stages of his illness he was helped by specialist care-workers from CLIC Sargent. Charlie asked that any money raised in his name should be donated to this charity.
Mike Bradbury, Charlie’s step-father, said: “Since 2009 Charlie’s family and close friends have raised £85,000 through events, challenges, supermarket bucket collections and charity tins in shops.
"Charlie’s mother and my wife, Janet White, has been the driving force behind the campaign. Sadly she also succumbed to a short battle with cancer and passed away earlier in this year.
"She was planning the Autumn Ball until the last week of her life. She would have been proud to see so many people enjoying themselves, buying raffle tickets and making generous bids for the auction items.”
Charlie’s family are determined to continue their campaign to raise funds for CLIC Sargent and are already planning the next ball. Mike is determined to reach their immediate target of £100,000. He explained that a big party will be held for the fundraising team once they reach this milestone.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager Jordan Anderton said: “I would like to thank Mike and all his friends and family for making this night happen. It was a huge success.
"I would also like to thank everyone who attended for making it such a brilliant atmosphere and for all being so, so generous to CLIC Sargent. The money raised will make a massive difference to the young people CLIC Sargent support.”
Making a difference
The money that Mike has raised could pay for a room in one of CLIC Sargent’s Homes from Home for 10 months.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Engagement Manager Jordan Anderton continued: “For some families, there journey would have started with a trip to the closest Specialist Centre, for diagnosis and treatment, with an average stay on 25 days; miles away from home, friends and family.
"CLIC Sargent provides these families with free self-catering accommodation called Homes from Home. These are havens for patients and families during treatment, alleviating the financial cost of paying for alternative accommodation and allowing families to stay together during the toughest times, minimising any further emotional strain. We can only do this thanks to supporters like you.”
Find out more
To find out how you could support CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton on 07876 653 829 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.