Family of Carla Rankin plan a charity ball
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