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Emily Hamand organised her first charity ball two years ago, in 2018, in memory of her grandad who died following a battle with cancer.
Since then she has gone on to raise close to £50,000 for local and national charities.
“The first event was nerve wracking,” she admitted. “I was unsure of what to expect.
“I set myself a target of £10,000 not sure if this would be realistic or not.”
At her first event, Emily actually secured donations totalling £12,500 and all of this went to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice (known to many as Dougie Mac) which is a specialist palliative care provider.
In late 2018 Emily’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer and so a decision was made to split funds raised from the subsequent ball with the charity Prostate Cancer UK as well.
Her 2019 fundraising ball brought in £15,000.
That figure was “more than we ever imagined” said Emily, who recently held her 2020 fundraiser.
The most recent charity ball was organised to raise money for the two existing charities as well as Macclesfield Cancer Unit.
This is where Emily’s father was treated and is where his ongoing treatment is based, so it is a really special cause for her and her family to support.
“We managed to buy them new machinery which was a great help to the small cancer unit.
“This year we managed to raise just over £17,000 which is again an amazing amount of money and I’d have to say the best one yet!”
Emily has organised the events with help from her parents, Neil and Carolyn.
She explained: “We have been supported by so many local businesses which have sponsored the event and donated raffle and auction prizes which all go towards raising the amount we have.”
The biggest single supporter of the events has always been the venue itself, which was donated free of charge each time by the Worth family at Sandhole Oak Barn.
The total sum raised across the three events now stands at more than £45,000 and the amount raised has grown year on year.
Tickets sold out within days of being released, and Emily says she gets so much support from family, friends and the local community which is what makes the fundraising balls the success they are.
Money from the events will specifically help organisations looking after and supporting families that have experienced a cancer diagnosis.