Two friends are looking for silver, gold and platinum sponsors for their upcoming Hockwold Hall Charity Ball.
Becky Enefer, of Feltwell, and Sophie Hall, of Weeting, are hoping their ball in Hockwold on July 7 will raise at least £6,000 for Norfolk cancer charity the Big C and West Suffolk Hospital’s My WiSH Charity.
Becky, 35, came up with the idea for a ball after her ‘great friend’ Anna Chapman was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
She said: “It had spread to the lymph, liver and lungs – and clinicians gave her 18 months to live.
“I felt utterly helpless – there was no amount of cuddles or flowers I could send. One of Anna’s friends shaved her hair off to raise money for the Big C and that’s when I thought I could do something too.”
Anna, a wife and mother-of-two, has been fighting her illness and has seen her cancer shrink.
“Anna and I love going to balls, it’s one of our things,” said Becky.
Sophie, meanwhile, experienced the support offered by My Wish Charity first hand in 2016.
It offered her ‘practical kindness’ in the final weeks her mother, Jayne Kelly, spent in the care of the Bury St Edmunds hospital before her death that September.
The 36-year-old said: “On one of the first nights My WiSH gave me a little big filled with essentials, like tooth paste, a toothbrush and deodorant – it meant I didn’t have to leave mum.
“The bag came with a note saying that it was offering help during a difficult time. It was a practical bit of kindness that meant so much.”
“When Becky asked if I would help with the ball, I said yes without thinking,” she added.
The pair, who have already sold all 200 of their ball tickets, are now looking for sponsors for their silver, gold and platinum packages.
Overall sponsorship of the event will cost a company £950 while two businesses are being sought to pay £355 each for the drinks reception and for £100 a business can sponsor one of the ball’s 17 tables.
Sophie said they were keen to raise as much money as possible and had been ‘overwhelmed’ by people’s generosity so far, with Hockwold Hall, Double Quick, Miganglia, Camvac, Center Parcs, Angela Sharpe Photography and Oemeta among their existing sponsors.
The night’s auction lots include a made-to-measure suit from Trotter and Deane in Bury, a fishing day and shoot from Jonathan Airey, a silver cuff from Ely artist Jonathan Deer and a piece of art from Suffolk-born illustrator Claire Cockayne.
Any businesses interesting in becoming a sponsor should email email@example.com or text Sophie on 07771 595478.