Fright­fully good Ball raises smile for Harry


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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.

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