A TEENAGER who organised a black-tie event managed to raise over £3,300 in memory of a family friend.
Alice Hesmondhalgh, who is expecting her A-level results today from Woldgate College, organised the Pink Charity Ball to help pull in the pounds for Breast Cancer Awareness.
The 18-year-old from Uncleby, near Garrowby, came up with the idea of a fundraiser after friend Lynn Laughton from Malton died earlier this year from breast cancer at the age of 48.
Alice described her as a “total inspiration” and said her “determination was unstoppable” having bravely fought the illness for three years.
Alice is hoping to secure a spot at Leeds Metropolitan University to study events management, and so thought it was the perfect opportunity to put on her first show and raise money and awareness.
With meticulous planning, she was able to attract 84 people to the glitzy evening at Sutton-on-Derwent village hall, which included a three-course meal courtesy of Melbourne business Saunts Parties and event.
Guests were asked to wear something pink, to represent the colour of the breast cancer charity, while live band Pink Cadillac were hired to perform.
There was also a raffle and live auction courtesy of the prizes local businesses had donated. Even those who were unable to give a prize donated money to the cause, while a raffle and auction helped take cash raised to an impressive total.
Alice said: “We decided after losing Lynn, and wanting a career in event management, it would be good to organise my first event for Breast Cancer Awareness.
“It was very successful and really good fun. Everyone enjoyed it and asked me to do another next year.
“I’d just like to thank everyone who donated and to those who supported the ball.”
Alice’s mother Clare added: “It was fantastic, she is only 18 and did it all off her own back. It was her own idea and she did it from start to finish from the PR to organising the letters to the companies.”