Slaley has a ball for Cancer Research UK
Last updated at 07:36, Wednesday, 16 October 2013
REVELLERS will be having a ball at Slaley Hall tonight to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.
The ball has been organised by Slaley residents Vicki Ridley and Elaine Oakley for a cause close to their hearts.
Both Vicki (52) and Elaine (58) are cancer survivors and have since taken up the mantle of raising money to combat the disease.
Vicki has been hosting fund-raising events in Slaley for more than 10 years. As well as organising the annual Macmillan Coffee Mornings, she dedicated both her 40th and 50th birthdays to raising money for Cancer Research UK.
However, the Slaley Hall ball is possibly the biggest fund-raiser she has ever organised.
Vicki said: “I’ve had cancer twice and I’m a strong believer that the research is really important.
“It touches a lot of people’s lives and the research can help.
“Sometimes when you reach points when you think ‘why on earth am I doing this?’ you remember why it’s so important.
“The people of Slaley are really great and they turn out each year to support the fund-raisers.
“The event this time is pretty big but it’s been going really well and we’ve had an awful lot of support. Slaley Hall has been particularly generous.”
The ball will feature live music from The Hexpistols – a local female a capella band – Tyneside ‘covers’ band The Mirrors and local comedian Ernie Coe.
Guests will be treated to a champagne reception and three course meal, while auctioneer Chris Armstrong from Hexham Mart is geared up to auction off some unusual prizes – including a cocktail master class, alpaca handling day and a half hour flight in a private two seater plane.
Vicki and Elaine, who have been friends for 20 years, aim to make the evening as enjoyable as possible.
Elaine’s 23-year-old daughter Jill will be acting as the hostess for the evening.
“It was Jill’s idea to host the do at Slaley Hall to make it a bit bigger and better, so I’m blaming her,” she explained.
“Everyone knows someone who is or has been affected by cancer.
“I got the all clear four years ago and I understand what other people are going through so I want to do anything I can to help.
“One you’ve had cancer it can be in the back of your mind that it will come back.
“That’s why we want to make the most of things and why we to make the event a nice occasion which is enjoyed by everybody.”
The event will run from 7pm to 1am tonight, with a black tie or cocktail dress code.
Tickets are available from Vicki on 07425 160446, Elaine on 07703 331752, or Jill on 07919 597024.
First published at 16:03, Tuesday, 08 October 2013
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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