Fundraiser in dad’s memory

MHDE-30-08-11 CANCER AUG67 (2)'Annie Morel and her family, are organising a charity ball, to raise money for Cancer Research, in memory of their late father Myles.
MHDE-30-08-11 CANCER AUG67 (2)'Annie Morel and her family, are organising a charity ball, to raise money for Cancer Research, in memory of their late father Myles.

THE children of a man who died from lung cancer three years ago have organised a charity ball in his memory.

Annie Morel, 20, has worked with her sisters Sophie, 18, Lucy, 16 and brother Freddie 14, to arrange the charity ball to raise funds for Cancer Research UK after their dad Myles succumbed to the illness.

Annie, who lives with her family in Hellidon said: “We wanted to do something to mark his memory which is why we have arranged this party.

“He always liked a party, so it seems appropriate to hold something like this because he would love to have attended. He loved to be outside, he really liked to party.

“My dad was such a big influence on all of our lives, everyone said that he was a larger than life character so it is good to do something that would mark his life. He had a really big personality.”

There are around 350 people due to attend the charity ball called Going Miles for Myles.

The siblings have been supported by mum Emma and friends Gemma Walsh and Sarah Smith.

It will take place on Saturday September 10 in a marquee on a field opposite the Red Lion in the village.

Among the attractions at the summer ball is an auction, raffle, games along with a singer and a DJ.

The family have received a range of top prizes to give away at the event including signed rugby shirts, tickets to watch Northampton Saints in the box, a helicopter ride, hair products and perfume.

Annie added: “It has taken around a year for us to organise this event and we have had a lot of generous donations so we are really grateful for everyone’s support.”

Her mother, Emma, has been amazed by the response to her children’s efforts.

She said: “We put up 350 tickets for sale at the event and we have very nearly sold out and that is without doing any advertising for the event, so we are really pleased.”

Annie also said she is hoping to raise a substantial amount for the charity.

She added: “We are hoping to raise around £10,000 from the event and at the moment I think we are on course to raise that money. Hopefully, we might manage to raise a little bit more than that.

“It will be a good feeling when the event is here because we have been planning it for so long.

“I am really excited for it. I can’t wait.”