Charity ball raises £6k to help children diagnosed with cancer

Katie, Henry, Philip and Eve Dalgoutte - photo taken by Allison Johnson Pictures
Katie, Henry, Philip and Eve Dalgoutte - photo taken by Allison Johnson Pictures
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A ‘fabulous’ event has raised thousands of pounds for young cancer sufferers in West Suffolk.

A gold-themed charity ball, held at the West Wing at Ickworth House on September 20, raised a whopping £6,000 for the Henry’s Holiday Help charity.

Henry's Holiday Help gold charity ball

Henry's Holiday Help gold charity ball

Established following Katie and Philip Dalgoutte’s son, Henry’s, diagnosis with an ependymoma brain tumour in January 2013, the charity gives a one off grant of £1,000 to help pay for a holiday for when children diagnosed with cancer finish their gruelling treatment.

“We’ve already helped three families and I can’t wait to support more,” said Katie, from Bury St Edmunds.

More than 170 guests attended the ball, many of whom were followers of Katie’s designated Facebook page, Henry the Handsome’s Journey.

The night’s gold theme was chosen to mark September as International Childhood Awareness Month and guests were given a gold ribbon to wear on arrival.

Katie, who is keen to share her experiences and raise as much awareness of the symptoms of childhood cancer as possible, also sold copies of a book of poetry she had written.

Vitec Videocom, Michael Birnie, Sparkle and Co Boutique, Allison Johnson Photography and Sheridans were among local businesses to offer their support, as did RWSFM presenter Aidan Standish.

Katie said: “We had some wonderful raffle and auction prizes and everyone was so supportive and generous. Everyone had such a great time and we were thrilled and amazed with the amount that was raised.”