She’s hav­ing a ball for oth­ers

Sur­vivor or­gan­ises stylish fundraiser

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A YOUNG can­cer sur­vivor and her mum have hatched a plan to pay back three char­i­ties dear to their hearts.

Re­becca Ear­ley, 25, from Uxbridge, was di­ag­nosed with Acute Lym­phoblas­ticLeukaemia in Novem­ber 2011.

Af­ter in­tense cy­cles of chemo­ther­apy at Hilling­don and Ham­mer­smith Hos­pi­tals, she had a suc­cess­ful bone mar­row trans­plant from an un­re­lated donor thanks to the An­thony Nolan Trust in 2012.

Brave Re­becca went on to fin­ish her univer­sity de­gree and is now work­ing as a teacher at Hilling­don Pri­mary School.

She has teamed up with her mum, Carla Batten, to or­gan­ise sev­eral fundrais­ing events – in­clud­ing a Ties & Tiaras Char­ity Ball – to raise money for the char­i­ties that helped them and give sup­port to fam­i­lies go­ing through the same trauma.

Re­becca said: “I’m re­ally ex­cited about it! We did a ball two years ago and it was a re­ally suc­cess­ful evening, ev­ery­body made a real ef­fort in what they wore, and brought friends, fam­ily and col­leagues.

“As it was re­ally suc­cess­ful so we thought we’d do it again, this time with a dif­fer­ent venue and it’s more posh! We ex­pect to raise at least £1,000 for each char­ity.”

Re­becca has come a long way since the last fundrais­ing ball in 2013.

She said: “I’m now com­pletely fin­ished with all of my treat­ment. My hair has prop­erly grown back, be­fore it was very short.

“I feel more like my­self be­fore I got ill... work­ing helped me get back to nor­mal­ity, I love my job, I love what I do it was hard work get­ting here but it was worth ev­ery minute.”

The char­i­ties ben­e­fit­ting are the Yiewsley Com­mu­nity Can­cer Cen­tre (CCC), Leukaemia and Lym­phoma Re­search and the An­thony Nolan Trust.

Carla Batten, who now vol­un­teers for the An­thony Nolan Trust, said of the char­i­ties: “They saved my daugh­ter’s life, so that’s why I’m pas­sion­ate about these causes. I visit donors when they’re do­nat­ing their stem cells in hos­pi­tal.

“It can be quite emo­tional, es­pe­cially if they ask ques­tions. Some­times they ask me why I do it and then I tell them my story and I think they then re­al­ize what a fan­tas­tic thing they’re do­ing.”

Ties & Tiaras Char­ity Ball is set to be a night to re­mem­ber, with a three­course meal, live band, 100 raf­fle prizes and a mag­i­cal sur­prise.

The event is on Satur­day at Radis­son Ed­war­dian Ho­tel near Heathrow with a 6.30pm start and tick­ets cost £55 and in­clude a do­na­tion.

For tick­ets email ties. tiaras@gmail.com or call Carla on 07903 996 964.

n TIARA-READY: Re­becca Ear­ley re­cov­ered from leukaemia and is now or­gan­is­ing a ball to raise funds for three char­i­ties

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