A KIND-hearted partner from one of Chester’s leading law firms is hosting a fundraising ball as she prepares to tackle two gruelling physical challenges in aid of charity.
Helen Watson, head of employment law at Aaron & Partners LLP, based on Grosvenor Court, Foregate Street, will run the London Marathon in April before cycling hundreds of miles across Kenya over five days in November.
She hopes a charity masquerade ball, which takes place at the Doubletree by Hilton Chester Hotel in Hoole on Friday 11 March, will help her to raise the minimum £4,500 in sponsorship money needed to compete in the two events.
Funds raised on the night will be split between Claire House Children’s Hospice, of which Helen is vice chair of the board of trustees, and Action for Charity, which is organising the women-only cycle challenge in Kenya.
In turn, Action for Charity will divide proceeds from the epic bike ride equally between Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
Helen said the star prize in a charity auction at the ball would be a holiday worth around £7,000, which has been donated by Azure Luxury Holidays.
Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, who runs the steakhouse bar and grill at Doubletree by Hilton and himself is a patron of Claire House, has signed some memorabilia, including cookbooks, that will be auctioned off for charity on the night.
Helen, who is also a qualified fitness instructor, said: “I grew up on the Wirral, and Claire House has always been very close to my heart as a local children’s charity.
“As a mother you can appreciate the fantastic work the team does in caring for gravely ill children, their parents and siblings.
“I have been involved with Claire House for a number of years and have done lots of fundraising work, so when I was looking for a charity to support in my first ever full marathon there was only really one choice.”
She added: “The Kenya challenge will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience but for the time being I just need work on my fitness and train hard for the marathon.
“I need to raise at least £2,000 to compete in the marathon and £2,500 to take part in the Kenya bike ride, and fingers crossed the charity ball will help me hit this target.
“I’m sure the people of Chester will get behind me and support these very worthwhile causes.”
The ball starts at 7pm with a drinks reception followed by a four-course meal, dancing and entertainment, as well as the charity auction. Tickets cost £50 per person.
Anyone wishing to attend is advised to book early to avoid disappointment as tables are going fast.
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