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Ascot Relay for Life charity to hold ball

Published: 27 Jan 2014 12:30

AN ASCOT charity is to celebrate reaching the milestone of half a million pounds’ worth of fundraising by holding its first-ever charity ball.

The Ascot Relay For Life has reached £540,000 in only its sixth year of fundraising for Cancer Research UK.

Volunteers for the relay put themselves forward in the form of fundraising teams, which can be made up of work colleagues or a group of friends.

Each team organises its own set of events throughout the year to try to raise as much cash for the fundraising group, before the money is collected together at the end of the year.

The main event each year, however, is a 24-hour non-stop

sponsored relay held at Ascot Racecourse each July, where teams of eight to 15 walk around the racetrack. Each team member takes it in turns to walk laps of the track, with every team also running a stall to boost funds further.

Rose Dalton, the Ascot Relay For Life organiser, said: “It is our first ball and I am sure it will be a really special night.

“We have already sold 14 tables but we’d really like to see as many people come as possible. We really want this night to kick-start 2014 with a bang.

“In terms of fundraising this year it looks like it is set to get even bigger, and we are all aiming to reach £1m as fast as we can.

“I want to say thank you to the people of Ascot for supporting us over the years, and all the money that people have donated will go a long way to helping us beat cancer.

“Hopefully we can carry on the fantastic work with the support of everyone throughout the following years to help achieve our goal.”

The black-tie ball will be held at the Berystede Hotel in Ascot on Saturday, March 1.

The event will start with a sparkling wine reception before guests can tuck into a three-course meal, followed by tea or coffee. Entertainment will include famous magician, mind reader and hypnotist Paul Newman before people can dance their socks off to the relay’s resident band, The 24 Fighting Camels.

There will be a cash bar, a charity auction and grand raffle on the night, with a top prize of two return flights to America up for grabs. A photo booth where guests can use props to take wacky pictures will also be there.

Tickets are £55 per person, or £50 each if ordered as a table of 10 and can only be bought in advance. To buy tickets, contact Mrs Dalton by emailing rosedalton@btinternet.com or call 07799 114868. All money raised at the ball will go to Cancer Research UK.

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