Frightfully good Ball raises smile for Harry
Open Morning 01252 850121 News THE SPECIAL THRILLER HALLOWEEN BALL PROVED A MONSTER FUNDRAISER St Nicholas’ School
A special Thriller Halloween Ball was held at Warbrook House Hotel, in Eversley, on Saturday in aid of five- year- old Harry Rampton, who was born with a rare chromosomal abnormality and suffers from complex learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, visual impairment and profound hearing loss.
Harry’s parents, Christina and John Rampton, received a government grant towards adapting their home to make life easier for Harry by installing hoists, wheelchair access, a wet room, downstairs bedroom and sensory area.
But after finding out the grant left a funding shortfall of £ 30,000, kindhearted local residents set out to raise the balance through the charity, Our Harry’s Smile.
Nearly £ 32,000 ( with gift aid) has been raised so far, which meets the bill for building works not met by the grant.
Fundraising continues with the aim to renovate the family’s garden, provide sensory equipment and for longer term goals to ensure Harry can have the best possible future. It is hoped money will be spent on equipment he will require as he grows and his needs change, and to pay for ongoing physiotherapy to help him gain his strength and eventually learn to walk.
Our Harry’s Smile supporter Jane Hale said the Halloween Ball “went off with a bang and was a hugely successful night”.
“Ball- goers were met by zombies, played by local young actors, in the car park and enjoyed a threecourse meal with entertainment from a Michael Jackson tribute dancer, DJ and compere who made the evening fun with competitions such as best
TTime Warp and best costume.
“An auction and raffle was held after dinner before people danced the night away to classic Halloween tunes.”
Upcoming Our Harry’s Smile events include collecting at Yateley Fireworks Fiesta on Saturday, organised by Yateley Lions and Westfields Junior School; Keith Woodward’s charity Christmas lights switch- on on Friday November 24; and collecting at Yateley Christmas Fayre, organised by Yateley Lions, on Saturday November 25.
A local hospitality student has also arranged a “Party in the USA” evening at Guildford College as part of his course, with a US- inspired menu on January 25.
For more about efforts to support Harry, visit www. harryrampton. com. Go to mydonate. bt. com/ fundraisers/ ourharryssm ile to make a donation.