Honiton charity ball nets £8,000 for cancer charity
PUBLISHED: 17:30 27 June 2015
The event, at Lakeview Manor, attracted more than 200 people and raised £8,000 for FORCE cancer charity.
The second Honiton Summer Ball to raise money for Exeter-based cancer charity FORCE has exceeded all expectations, say organisers.
The event, at Lakeview Manor, attracted more than 200 people and raised £8,000 for the charity.
Attendees enjoyed dinner and dancing to the 13-piece band Loose Cannons and an auction conducted by Graham Barton from TV makeover show Homes Under The Hammer.
Organiser Sue Phillips said: “Without a shadow of a doubt it was an amazing night.
“The feedback has been fantastic with people already asking to get booked in for next year.
“We are about having fun and making lasting memories – that is what sums up our ball and I believe that is why it resonates with a lot of people who are able to have a fantastic time and raise money for FORCE.”
Mother-of-two Sue has personal reasons for supporting the charity.
She was just a teenager when she lost her older brother to cancer and has since undergone treatment for the disease herself.
“I was 15 when my brother died,” she said. “He was diagnosed with osteo sarcoma in January 1988 and died in the March. Stephen was only 20. He was married, with a baby son.
“It’s hard to reflect on what my parents went through when we lost my brother and how they coped.
“FORCE was a very new organisation back then, so my family didn’t have the level of support that is available now. But my parents recognised the value of what the charity was set up to achieve and we have been involved ever since. My parents have raised funds for the charity and my dad, David Cantle, became a trustee, so it has been a big part of my life.”
Sue says she has not set a date for the 2016 charity ball.
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