Children With Cancer UK Charity Ball 2017 │ Kings Head Hotel Darlington Charity Photography│
5 years ago I was asked to photograph a charity ball for a local Children With Cancer UK charity fundraiser, Gillian Clason. I jumped at the chance, as I wanted to give something back to the community. I have photographed each ball since then. This years took place on November 24th at the Kings Head Hotel in Darlington, and the theme was Mr Men & Little Miss.
Gillian has been fundraising for Children With Cancer UK for 8 years and is a true inspiration. This was taken from her fundraising page:
"Henry Valks was just 9 months old when he was diagnosed with Leukaemia. He spent the rest of his short life in hospital undergoing gruelling treatment. I decided to run one and only one marathon in 2009 while he was fighting this horrible disease. Sadly just 3 weeks later at the age of just 3 Henry lost his brave fight. At that point I decided I wanted to carry on raising money in his memory. Since 2009 I have run 12 marathons, including New York, Boston, Paris, Berlin, London, Edinburgh and Leicester. I have taken part in around 25 half marathons, cycled London to Paris, nightrider and completed Ride 100 3 times.
Along with this I organise charity events and at the end of 2016 held my 5th Annual Charity Ball which raised over £7000 in one night. The current total fundraising over the 7 years is approximately £108,000. But I will not stop there. Through my association with the charity I have met and become friends with some truly amazing families and children going through the unimaginable. I cant imagine the pain of losing a child or watching them have to undergo such life changing treatment, so whilst running lots of miles and cycling even more is painful, it is nothing in comparison. My pain is temporary and goes away.
So far in 2017, I will run the London Marathon for the 4th time in April, cycle my 4th Ride 100 in July and complete my 13th Great north Run in September. There may be another challenge added as normally do 4 per year. In November my 6th Charity Ball will finish off the year.
Thank you all for your support. without the money you have helped me raise, it would all be pretty pointless so I am very grateful to those who continually support me with what I do.
During the night there was an auction for various prizes from overnight stays, to signed sports memorabilia and Darlington football club. Entertainment on the night was provided by singer Dean Thomas and disco by LJM Entertainment.
The night was a huge success and Gillian raised over £8000!! This means she has raised just under £130,000 so far for the charity. On the night she was awarded the charity's first Golden Running Vest!
To see all pictures taken on the night, click here: Charity Ball Pictures
To donate, click here: Donations Page