Having a ball to remember Adam

Sayward Hawtin who is organising a 1940's Blitz Ball
Sayward Hawtin who is organising a 1940's Blitz Ball

A woman is organising a 1940s Blitz Ball to raise money for two charities and remember her cousin who was killed while out on patrol in Iraq.

Daventry based Sayward Hawtin’s event will see a themed ball with a three course dinner with music, dancing, raffle and auction at Hellidon Lakes Hotel on Saturday April 5.

Her cousin, Adam Morris, was a private in the Second Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment. He was killed while on routine patrol in Iraq at the age of 19. It will raise funds for Help for Heroes and The ABF The Soldier’s Charity.

Miss Hawtin said: “Ever since Adam died in May 2006, I have been doing fundraisers with bake sales and there have been friends who have done The Great North Run.

“This is the biggest event I have ever organised and wanted to do it for two fantastic charities.

“We are trying push for ticket sales and donations at the moment.”

She is hoping to help out both charities after they helped out her family.

Miss Hawtin added: “Help for Heroes was set up in 2008 which was after Adam died but they do lots of incredible work.

“The ABF Soldier’s Charity helped us after Adam had died and gave us money to have a full military funeral. They help with counselling and help military personnel and their families.”

He died after a roadside bomb went off in Basra. She hopes the event will be a celebration of his life.

“He was a typical army lad, a joker, he was always looking to play a trick if he could. He was a larger than life. As a soldier, it was something he awlays wanted to do. We want this event to celebrate his life and remember all of the good times.”

Tickets for the event cost £45 and can be booked by calling 07745 628426 or by visiting Slave Hairdressing in Bowen Square, Daventry.