In September we shared the story of a group of family and friends fundraising in memory of Kirsty Longfellow, who sadly died of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. The team had been raisings funds and were looking forward to 'Kirsty's Red Carpet Charity Event'.
The event took place on Sunday 6th October and we've had the wonderful news that the Ball was a fantastic success, boosting the group's fundraising to over £20,000 with funds raised for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent.
Around 400 people attended this unique, glitzy event at the Hull City Hall and guests were greeted by a harpist, red carpet and champagne on arrival. Guested were then welcomed with music, casino tables, professional photographer, hot food, a DJ and tombola.
The group are extremely thankful to everyone who generously donated prizes for the evening, with signed sport memorabilia such as signed shirts, balls and pictures reaching well into double figures. The raffle raised nearly £1000 and the auction became a main attraction of the night raising over £6,500.
Friends of Kirsty who helped make the night happen: (left to right, top row first): Laura Smith, Vicky Plant, Toni Snaith, James Thompson, Vicki Clinch, Laura Harris, Melissa Johnson, Melissa Oliphant, Georgie Thrippleton and Sasha Langton.
The night ended with the releasing of many white balloons overhead all the guests - a wish kirsty had originally planned for, with the balloons signifying white blood cells and guests all stomping on them as they landed.
With monies raised from the group's recent bike ride, sales of personalised wristbands, the group's JustGiving page, tickets and the night itself, the grand total raised in Kirsty's memory reached £22,500.
Sue Jenkinson of the Hull & East Riding Fundraising Group, who gave a speech on the night, said of the event “The members of The Hull and East Riding Fundraising Group who helped at the event were impressed by the organisation that had gone into the ball in Kirsty's memory and really appreciated the hard work and enthusiasm of her friends which made the evening such an unqualified success in every way. The generosity of those who donated prizes and those who enjoyed the evening was testament to what a special person Kirsty must have been".
Melissa Oliphant, friend of Kirsty and one of the team behind the event let us know “We could never have anticipated this kind of result! We have all been blown away by the support of others. Many people have been so unbelievably selfless in their support and donations and it’s a true tribute to Kirsty memory, her wishes and what she meant to so many people. She was such a selfless young lady herself, she would have been so proud of every single person who helped and on behalf of all those involved both family and friends we cannot thank you enough”.
Kirsty's family displayed this thank you letter on the night to show their appreciation to everyone involved in the event. It is from Kirsty's mother and father Gwyn and Ken, her brother Stephen and boyfrend Matthew.