Fam­ily of Carla Rankin plan a char­ity ball

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

THE fam­ily of Carla Rankin have re­vealed de­tails of a char­ity ball to help them raise £1m in her name.

The 27-year-old drowned af­ter hav­ing an epilep­tic fit at home in Prest­bury in Au­gust 2014.

Now her par­ents Denise and Ian, and her sis­ter Felic­ity, have pledged to raise £1m for the char­ity Epilepsy Ac­tion to help oth­ers suf­fer­ing from the con­di­tion.

The fam­ily took on their first event, run­ning in the Manch­ester 10km in May, and have been in­volved in events through­out the year.

Now Sarah le Sueur and Keke Chai, friends of Carla, have an­nounced plans for the inau­gu­ral One in a Mil­lion Ball to be held on Fe­bru­ary 6 at Mere Golf and Coun­try Club.

The for­mal event will cost £55 per ticket and will in­clude a raf­fle.

There will also be a raf­fle and auc­tion.

The event is spon­sored by Dot Med­i­cal, which is invit­ing other lo­cal com­pa­nies to do­nate to or spon­sor the event.

Spon­sors will have their com­pany names and lo­gos dis­played on each ta­ble.

Mum Denise said: “We will never get over los­ing Carla so sud­denly but we are work­ing hard at learn­ing to ad­just – and with the fundrais­ing events we have planned – to keep her with us in spirit.

“Carla was a keen sup­porter of Epilepsy Ac­tion, pro­vid­ing help and sup­port for peo­ple di­ag­nosed with this dis­or­der, and it also helps fam­i­lies cope with is­sues that oc­cur or can oc­cur as a re­sult of epilepsy.

“The aim is to sup­port oth­ers liv­ing with epilepsy. Our goal is to raise £1 mil­lion – in the name of Carla who was a one in a mil­lion.”

There are plans to hold the ball an­nu­ally to help the fam­ily work to­wards their tar­get of rais­ing £1m.

Other events com­ing up in­clud­ing Felic­ity’s plan to take on the Royal Parks half marathon on Oc­to­ber 12 and an Eight­ies night and auc­tion at Prest­bury Vil­lage Club on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 17. The fancy dress event costs £15 and in­cludes a two-course supper.

Visit www.carla.rankin. muchloved.com for in­for­ma­tion and to do­nate.

●● Oliver Rush­ton, from Prest­bury, has won an award for his speech and drama

●● Carla Rankin was a mem­ber of char­ity Epilepsy Ac­tion

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