Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Great Success of Black-Tie Easter Charity Ball & Auction for NACC

Recent Easter Charity Ball and Auction 

For Crohns and Colits UK!

Funds Raised so far: £1,290

The evening was a great success! The 3-Course meal was delicious and the creme brulee was huuuuuge! 
Our DJ from California Disco very kindly helped us out for free, enabling even more of the profit to go towards the charity! We had professional photographer Issi Grieg who kindly donated £2 from every photo to the charity, and the easter egg raffle was a great success, not to mention the hidden chocolates in the eggs yum yum! 
 The auction with fantastic prizes - such as afternoon tea at a 5 star hotel and a 4 star hotel stay-over for two - were an excellent success and my very own butterfly oil painting auctioned for £100!

Thank you so much to everyone who came along - your support is extremely valuable. 

Background Information:

I met my best friend Claire at college when we were both just 16. She suffered a serious illness called Crohns Disease and she had an extremely rough time at college, including having to spend over 3 months in hospital, experiencing constant severe pains and cramps, and wearing a feeding tube on her face which went through her nose and into her stomach. She still got herself the highest grade possible (with ease might I add)! 

Claire is the strongest person I know, and now - ten years on - our friendship is just the same and Claire has followed her enormously successful career as a paramedic. After we left college and followed our own paths, I met my husband Richard whilst Claire was travelling in Kenya. On our third date he told me about a condition he has which is called Ulcerative Colitis. It sounded just like Crohns so when Claire came back I was straight on the phone to her about it and she told me that it was in fact closely related to her illness. She couldn't wait to meet him, and when they were introduced they got on like a house on fire. I married him two years later. 

Claire and Richard are so strong in the face of their illnesses that I often feel like I'm the odd one out. I'm the one who is bed-ridden with a cold, or is in tears over having to have a smear test, but these two are so extremely brave I don't know what I would do without their amazing strength and courage. These are two of the most important people in my life and they go through so much every day. I needed to do something to express my appreciation for them and what they go through, so I decided to raise as much money as I can for the charity which works for people with their illnesses - NACC, or Crohns and Colitis UK.

What better way to raise money for such an amazing cause than to throw an amazing, awe-inspiring, all-out black-tie Easter ball! Tickets are £28 each and it promises to be an extremely exciting evening complete with really fabulous auction prizes not to be missed! Fill yourself up with a delicious meal, dance the night away to rockin' tunes, preserve your fantastic outfit with a professional photograph, and be in with an excellent chance of winning some amazing prizes! 

Crohns and Colitis UK aims to improve life for anyone affected by Inflammatory Bowel Disease, of which the most common diseases are Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis. These conditions affect around 250,000 people in the UK, with debilitating symptoms and life-changing disorders. The website for this charity should you wish to find out more, is: http://www.nacc.org.uk 

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