‘Diamonds are Forever’ ball raises over £11,000

A Northamptonshire family, whose 22-year-old son Matthew sadly died four years ago, have held a Bond-themed ball in his memory, contributing to a total of over £60,000 raised for CLIC Sargent.

‘Diamonds are Forever’ ball raises over £11,000

Matthew’s mum Carolyn said: "We became connected with CLIC Sargent shortly before Matthew left the local hospice and came home at the end of May 2012.

“Matthew was regularly visited by an amazing lady, Ellen Coleman; a CLIC Sargent Social Worker.

“She took Matthew to the coffee shop, pub or just came to our home to chat to him.

“He always enjoyed her visits and they laughed a lot.

“Ellen has continued to support our family over the years and has been 'my rock’ since Matthew died. 

“Just knowing she was at the end of the phone has been a great comfort.

“Although we have been fortunate, and not needed financial help from the charity, the practical help has been invaluable.

“For instance, during Matthew’s illness, our daughter, Claire was starting university, there was an issue with her student accommodation just before she started.

“Not a huge issue, but just too much for us to be able to cope with at that time. One phone call to CLIC Sargent and within 24 hours the problem was resolved.

“It is the simple, practical and emotional help we have received from CLIC Sargent which has seen us through the past four years, and will keep us fundraising in memory of Matthew to ensure others have access to the same support in the future.”

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Lydia Buckmaster said: “The ball looked like an incredible event, bringing Matthew’s friends and family together to remember him.

“All of the fundraising that has been carried out in Matthew’s name has been absolutely incredible, remembering Matthew in so many way, the funds that they have raised will go on to support other families in similar situations.”

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To find out how you could help support CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Lydia Buckmaster on 01509 673 881 or email: lydia.buckmaster@clicsargent.org.uk