Grantham couple raise thousands of pounds for cancer charity

Leanne and Simon Bond
Leanne and Simon Bond

More than £8,500 has been raised for a cancer charity by a couple affected by a rare form of the disease.

Leanne and Simon Bond decided to hold a charity ball in aid of the Lymphoma Association, after Leanne, 37, was diagnosed and treated for lymphoblastic lymphoma last year.

Belton Woods ball

Belton Woods ball

Despite the effects of the intense treatment, Leanne, who lives with Simon, 40, and their two children in Gonerby Hill Foot, spent months planning the ball, held at Belton Woods Hotel on Saturday.

Attended by 200 people, there were many ways in which the guests could donate, from an auction – hosted by Grantham auctioneer Colin Young – and a raffle to a vodka luge and casino.

Leanne said: “It was a really fun evening, everyone was so generous and supportive.

“We couldn’t have done it without all of the support of people attending and all of the donations for both the auction and raffle.

Belton Woods ball

Belton Woods ball

“I would like to thank everyone who made it a great night, and especially my family and husband, who made it happen.”

Guests sat down to a three-course meal, which was preceded by a talk from Cath Griffiths, a lymphoma specialist nurse at Nottingham City Hospital, where Leanne was treated.

After dinner, entertainment was provided by band Echo Drive.

With money still coming in and being counted, the total so far stands at £8,500.

Belton Woods ball

Belton Woods ball