Diamond ball £20k target
PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 January 2011
A WOMAN who beat breast cancer is organising her third ball to raise funds for the charity which cared for her.
Nikki Smith was diagnosed with the deadly disease five years ago at the age of 37 and underwent a double mastectomy and four reconstructive operations.
She was treated at Weston Hospicecare’s Time4U, which is a service available for curative patients.
After her contact with the hospice, Nikki became passionate about fund-raising for the charity and now organises a ball every other year in aid of the organisation.
She is holding the Diamond Ball at Batch House Hotel in Lympsham from 7pm on March 11.
Nikki, who is mum to Jasmine and four step children, said: “In 2006, one year after my chemotherapy I wanted to do something – I wanted to give something back to Weston Hospicecare.
“My friend Helen died at Weston Hospicecare – she was there for five weeks and I was amazed at the staff and the total amount of care given to her.
“Weston Hospicecare had touched me and I had seen how it worked.
“But I also saw that it needed lots of money, money that had to be given voluntarily. This spurred me on and I had a mad thought – I’ll do a ball.”
Nikki held the Pink Ball in 2006 and the Gold Ball in 2008, which both raised £20,000 for charity.
This year she is again hoping to hit the £20,000 mark.
She added: “It’s a great excuse to dress up and treat yourself to a lovely night out knowing that everything raised at the event will be going to a fantastic organisation.
“There are still a few tables left at the event and I would love members of the local community to join us and a have a bit of fun.”
Tickets are priced £60 and include a champagne reception followed by a four-course dinner, live music and a DJ.
There will also be an auction with prizes including a dinner for 60 people from Demitris Taverna in Uphill and a holiday in the sun.
For more details or to book tickets ring Nikki on 07941 991015.