Two ex next-door neighbours affected by the death of someone close from cancer have joined forces to raise money to help fight the disease.
Maddy Culvem 39, of Epsom, and Kirsty Taylor, 33, of Kingswood, have organised a ball to raise money and offer people the chance to celebrate the life of a loved-one who has died from, or is battling, the disease.
Ms Taylor saw her great friend and mentor, Una Leonard, 63, lose her two-year battle with cancer in April.
Ms Culvem supported her friend following Una’s death, and supported Ms Taylor's fundraising ambitions as well as the chance to remember her grandmother, Mercia, who also died of breast cancer.
Ms Culvem said: "I understood the depth of Kirsty’s heartbreak when Una died as I was devastated when breast cancer took my grandmother.
"Organising the ball and doing a 400km cycle ride across Cuba next year has given us the feeling that we can make a difference."
The Una Diamond Black Tie Fundraising Ball will be held at Painshill, Cobham, on October 6.
Tickets cost £70 and will include a three-course dinner, celebrity entertainment from Eastenders’ star Shane Ritchie and The Prelude band plus a DJ, dancing and raffles.
Anyone who buys a table for eight or 10 can choose to name it in honour of a loved one.
All money raised will go to Women v Cancer, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.
For tickets call 07930 616199 or 07761031768, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Article from Hardeep Matharu at yourlocalguardian
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