Cancer survivor raises £11,000 at charity ball
Teacher aids three good causes with fundraising night
A HILLINGDON teacher who survived cancer has staged a gala ball in aid of three charities dear to her heart.
The Ties & Tiaras team of Rebecca Earley, Carla Batten, Claire Buckland and Nicola McKellow raised an amazing £11,000 at their second fundraising charity ball on October 10.
Rebecca, 25, from Uxbridge, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in November 2011.
After intense cycles of chemotherapy at Hillingdon and Hammersmith hospitals, she received bone marrow from an unrelated donor thanks to the Anthony Nolan Trust in 2012.
Rebecca went on to complete her university degree and is now working as a teacher at Hillingdon Primary School.
Speaking after the fundraising ball, she said: “It meeting them at their schools we really hope to have sparked their interest.”
Each school was given a nature pack worth over £700 which included guides, books, microscopes, feeding stations, bird bath, bird feed, wildlife camera and hedgehog house, so pupils can continue to discover local wildlife in their lessons.
The Big Birdhouse Tour is continuing to tour the UK until October 2016.
See www. intu.co.uk/ birdhouse for details. was extremely hard work but I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly for this event.”
The three charities benefiting are The Yiewsley Community Cancer Centre (CCC), Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and The Anthony Nolan Trust.
Rebecca added: “The Cancer Centre in Yiewsley really helped me with my recovery and my aftercare, and I really needed something like that in my life at the time.
“It got a routine going for me and made me feel a bit more human. They offered me reiki healing and massage therapies and often have a listening service so you can just go and talk to somebody if you’re feeling down or you need someone there who’s not your family who you can just whinge to if needs be.”
The Ties & Tiaras ball was a night to remember, with a three-course meal, live band and 100 raffle prizes.
To go on the mailing list for future events,email Ties. Tiaras@gmail.com.
n HAVING A BALL: The Ties & Tiaras gala ball, and cancer survivor Rebecca Earley (right)