Charity ball is a record-breaker

Photo Neil Cross'Laila Rose Annual Ball at Ferrari's Hotel, Longridge
Photo Neil Cross'Laila Rose Annual Ball at Ferrari's Hotel, Longridge

THIS year’s Leila Rose Ball has not only been described as fantastic, but is possibly a record-breaker.

Organisers believe the annual ball, held at Ferrari’s Country House Hotel at Thornley, has surpassed all previous fund-raisers, making in the region of £7,000 for charity.

Of this amount, £6,000 will go to the Rosemere Cancer Foundation at Preston, and £1,000 to the Willows Trust.

Organised each year by grandmothers Cathy Davis and Pauline Phoenix, in memory of their granddaughter Leila Rose, this year’s event was the eighth such ball, and had a dance theme. Attended by 160 people, funds were boosted by an auction, raffle, sponsored head shave by Paul Walmsley, and sponsored bike ride by John Clegg.

DJ was Ben Calvert, and everyone also enjoyed a performance from the Dance Crazy Theatre School.

Over the years, thousands of pounds have been raised by the balls for various good causes, including Pendlebury Children’s Hospital, the baby unit at Sharoe Green, epilepsy research, Ronald McDonald House, bone cancer research, Help for Heroes and Astley Park School, Chorley, as well as funding a Longridge teenager and her family to go on holiday.

As always, thanks go to all who contributed to the ball’s success in any way.