Successful ball pushes fund-raising over £40k

Willow Foundation Ball at Belton Woods.') (Back)L\R; Brian Duller, Liz Ridlington, Lee Hanratty.'(Front)L\R; Teresa Curtis, Debbie Copeland, Sue Copeland, Mick Malley.
Willow Foundation Ball at Belton Woods.') (Back)L\R; Brian Duller, Liz Ridlington, Lee Hanratty.'(Front)L\R; Teresa Curtis, Debbie Copeland, Sue Copeland, Mick Malley.
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A GRANTHAM woman’s charity fund-raising topped £40,000 this month after a successful ball was held at Belton Woods Hotel.

Teresa Curtis started raising money for the Willow Foundation, which provides special days out for seriously ill 16 to 40-year-olds, after her brother Christopher died six years ago.

The latest event organised by Teresa with the help of Debbie and Sue Copeland, raised an impressive £3,276 for the charity.

Teresa said: “It was a really good night.

“We raised more than expected because people are struggling financially at the moment.”

The evening entertainment included a disco, live band, auction and a raffle.

Money was also raised by local businesses sponsoring tables.

The amount raised takes the overall fund-raising total to £42,806.

Teresa added: “A lot of people supported the event.

“I’m delighted that it’s gone over £40,000. I didn’t expect to raise that much when I started.”

As well as the annual ball Teresa also works hard with her family and friends to arrange a golf day each year because her brother, who played for Grantham Town, was very sporty.

The next one is being organised to take place in May.

But the fund-raising is not expected to stop there. Teresa is planning to carry on supporting the charity for the foreseeable future.

She said: “People in the area can apply for the special days. They are benefiting from the fund-raising we are providing.

“I would like to thank everybody for their continued support and all the local businesses for donating.”

The Willow Foundation was established in 1999 by footballer Bob Wilson and his wife Megs in memory of their daughter.

For more information on the foundation and how you can support them go to www. willowfoundation.org.uk