A Normacot woman who lost her nephew to leukaemia has held a charity dinner to help ensure other families are spared a similar devastating loss. Tracey Antrobus, 52, from Stoke on Trent, organised the event held at Florence Social Club to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Sadly, Tracey’s nephew Luke Gallimore died from leukaemia in 2004 aged just 16. Blood cancers are the most common cancers in young people aged 15 -24. Since Luke’s death Tracey and her family have committed themselves to supporting Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, which is dedicated to finding better treatments and cures for all blood cancers.
As well as dinner, the 200 guests enjoyed a disco and took part in a raffle which boasted some fantastic prizes, including a cricket bat signed by former England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham, one night at the Bestwestern Manor House Hotel with dinner, and a free cut and blow dry at Joel’s Hair Salon on Ash Bank Road.
The charity fundraiser was such a success that Tracey has already booked the same venue for next year’s event, which will have a Las Vegas theme. She says: "Thank you to all those who supported the dinner - It was a wonderful evening.
"Luke was so brave during treatment but lost his battle with leukaemia just three weeks after being diagnosed. It’s important to keep fundraising so that better cures and treatments can be found for blood cancers."
Kate White, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: "Thank you to Tracey arranging the dinner and all those who supported the event. Every penny raised will help Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research closer to a cure for all blood cancers."
You can still support Tracey’s fundraising by visiting Joel’s Hair Salon, Andy & Theo’s Chip Shop where collection tins have been placed.
Tracey is planning to hold another raffle in the future. Anyone who would like to donate prizes or materials can contact Tracey on 01782 321 030 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org