Third fundrais­ing ball in Laura’s mem­ory

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

A third fundrais­ing ball in the name of a young woman who lost her bat­tle with can­cer while stag­ing the first will be held next month.

Laura’s Ball, which will be at Fair­fax Hall in Leeds Cas­tle, Maid­stone, is named in mem­ory of Laura Clarke, from Lark­field.

She was a vol­un­teer for Breast Can­cer Kent, who died at the age of 31, while ar­rang­ing the first din­ner and dance for the char­ity.

Her event went on to raise £5,000.

The char­ity has kept the name of the event, with the back­ing of the 31-year-old’s par­ents, and last year it raised £19,000.

Fel­low vol­un­teer and friend of Laura’s, He­len Teare said: “I don’t think peo­ple are aware of the funds Breast Can­cer Kent se­cures. Since I went through it the tech­nol­ogy has leaped for­ward. It can be £150,000 for one piece of equip­ment.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion raises money to help the lives of peo­ple di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in Kent, from state-of-the-art equip­ment for breast can­cer units and the Kent On­col­ogy Cen­tre to well­be­ing pro­grammes for af­ter­care, as well as train­ing for staff and sup­port­ing re­search.

This year’s ball will be on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17 from 7pm at Fair­fax Hall in Leeds Cas­tle, Maid­stone. The black tie event of­fers ta­bles of eight at £600, VIP ta­bles at £760 and in­di­vid­ual tick­ets at £85. It in­cludes a three-course din­ner and en­ter­tain­ment.

For tick­ets with ac­com­mo­da­tion add £130 per room.

All pro­ceeds go to Breast Can­cer Kent.

For tick­ets and in­for­ma­tion call He­len Teare on 0773664952­4, or email he­

For more de­tails on the char­ity go to breast­ A char­ity in the county wants to of­fer a life­line to peo­ple not in educ­tion, work or train­ing.

CXK is re-run­ning its Prince’s Trust Team pro­gramme in Maid­stone next month. It is free of charge and fo­cused on un­lock­ing the hid­den tal­ents of young peo­ple.

The scheme be­gins with team-build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing ca­noe­ing, climb­ing, and raft-build­ing. Af­ter­wards, in­ter­view, pre­sen­ta­tion and job ap­pli­ca­tion skills will be taught.

A work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ment tai­lored to the ca­reer a per­son wants to pur­sue will also be un­der­taken.

En­rolling on the course will not af­fect any Uni­ver­sal Credit pay­ments be­ing made.

The course starts on Mon­day, Novem­ber 12 and lasts 12 weeks. The of­fer is open to any­one in Maid­stone aged 16-25 who is not in ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment or train­ing. Con­tact lau­rachar­ter@ or visit for more in­for­ma­tion.

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