When her daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with Leukaemia, Christine Dickens and family decided to hold their own fundraising ball.
"Back in 2008 our family decided that we wanted to raise some money to fund further research after our daughter Charlotte had leukaemia. No one wanted to run a marathon and as we are party animals a ball seemed to be a much better idea!
Once I had made the decision, I did have many sleepless nights and moments of panic... Would we sell all of the tickets? How would we get enough auction prizes? Would the band turn up on the night?
The first ball took place in February 2009 and it was a wonderful evening which raised over £25,000. The combination of good food, alcohol and dancing meant that people wanted to do it again and so we have now organized three balls and raised over £70,000. We are currently planning our 4th event for 2012!
Individuals do make a difference so everyone who has been helped by the work of LLR can do something, every penny really does count and it's fun as well!"
"I could not have managed any of this without the amazing help, support and encouragement from the special events team at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. I was a complete novice and they led me through and gave me so much practical support, both leading up to the event and during the evening itself. It was team work all the way!!"