Can­cer sur­vivor raises £11,000 at char­ity ball

Teacher aids three good causes with fundrais­ing night

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

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. 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.

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n HAV­ING A BALL: The Ties & Tiaras gala ball, and can­cer sur­vivor Re­becca Ear­ley (right)

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