Hav­ing a ball in rais­ing £6,000 for char­i­ties

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Sam Wil­liams

A fan­tas­tic £6,000 has been raised for two char­i­ties fol­low­ing a grand ball in Ash­ford.

The party was at­tended by 280 peo­ple and held at the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, in Si­mone Weil Av­enue, last Fri­day.

It in­cluded din­ner, a disco, live mu­sic, a raf­fle, tombola, and magic and was or­gan­ised by Martin Kemp in hon­our of his mum Jean, who was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer for a se­cond time last year, and who turned 60 in Jan­uary.

Speak­ing af­ter the event, Mr Kemp, a dad-of-two, said: “Well, what an in­cred­i­ble evening.

“All the blood sweat and tears were worth it! I am very pleased and over­whelmed with the re­sponse from ev­ery­one on the night - it’s been amaz­ing.

“All the guests were all suit­ably dressed in the black tie at­tire, and they all looked very glam­orous in­deed.”

Pro­ceeds from the evening are to be split be­tween the Pil­grims Hospice, where Mrs Kemp is cur­rently be­ing cared for, and Can­cer Re­search UK.

Mr Kemp, 34, from South Ash­ford, had hoped his mum would at­tend the ball and planned a few sur­prises for her on the night, in­clud­ing all the guests singing happy birth­day to her.

How­ever sadly due to her de­clin­ing health she was un­able to go.

A video taken on the night though by Ben Bell from Plat­inum Wed­dings & Events man­aged to cap­ture all the guests singing to Mrs Kemp, who is also mum to Jac­que­line and Katie, and a grand­mother-of-four.

Mr Kemp said: “It was very emo­tional but lovely to see her face when I showed her a room full of 280 peo­ple all singing Happy Birth­day to her, fol­lowed by a demon­stra­tion of Latin and ball­room danc­ing by the lovely Sophie Bur­gum and Matthew Lang­ford who be­long to Star­lite Dance group based in Dit­ton.”

To see the video go to www.face­book.com/ events/772813662846146/

Mr Kemp thanked ev­ery­one who helped on the night and do­nated prizes and their time.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4197653

Raf­fle tick­ets on sale to peo­ple at their ta­ble

A pho­to­box mo­ment with the Kemp fam­ily, Katie Kemp, Damien Cole, Jac­que­line Kemp, An­thony Cor­ner,Amelia Cor­ner, Martin Kemp, Chloe Cor­ner, Jen Kemp and Derek Kemp

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Toast Mas­ter Guy Wade wel­comes guests Andy and Mag­gie Bal­four

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