Sixth annual Crystal Charity Ball for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation to take place in Spalding next month

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An annual charity event in aid of lung cancer patients will be staged in Spalding for the sixth time next month.

The Crystal Charity Ball for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation takes place at Springfields Events and Conference Centre on Saturday, November 24, at 7pm.

More than £50,000 has been raised for the charity, named after TV presenter, actor, singer and musician Roy Castle who died of lung cancer in September 1994, aged 62.

Crystal Charity Ball organisers Kelly Beba, Debbie Craft, Emma Lambe, Melanie Coote and Shelley Pearson at last year's event in Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Emma Lambe, one of the ball organisers, said: "This November will see the sixth Crystal Charity Ball to be held in Spalding, with the aim of adding to the fundraising total of over £50,000 in aid of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

"The idea for the ball came from business owner Kelly Beba in 2012 when the very first Crystal Charity Ball was held in memory of Kelly’s father Graham Mackman who sadly passed away from lung cancer in September 2011.

"A group of Kelly’s friends help make up the committee and put on what seems to have become of the most popular events in the social calendar locally.

"The event has grown and grown in popularity and, despite taking a year out in 2016, there is always a waiting list for those wanting tables.

"In fact this year, due to demand, we have added an extra five tables to the event."

According to the Office for National Statistics, lung cancer is the second most common form of the condition to affect men and women in England, with prostate and breast cancer respectively the most common.

In 2014, there were nearly 37,500 cases of lung cancer registered in England, accounting for 13.3 per cent of total cancer registrations amongst men and nearly 12 per cent for women.

Emma said: "We pride ourselves on not only raising a good deal of money for our chosen charity but also giving our guests a really enjoyable and value-for-money evening.

"Without our guests, the fundraising would not be possible and so we feel it's important that everyone has a good time.

"There are plenty of opportunities during the evening for our guests to win prizes and Springfields always does us proud with a delicious three-course meal which is served at the table.

"In addition to this we offer welcome drinks, wine and a complimentary bottle of port on each table, topped off with a snack at midnight just to keep everyone going.

"We also rely heavily on both local and national organisations who sponsor various parts of the evening, including table sponsorship, the donation of prizes for our raffle and auction which helps to add to the fun of the evening, as well as raising funds for the charity.

"We are currently looking for our last few table sponsors at a rate of £35 who, in return, will have their name added to a table at the ball, all of our printed materials for the evening and coverage on our popular Facebook page.

"In addition, we are looking for a show-stopping auction prize to really bring the house down and help boost our total.

"For example, in previous years we have offered family trips, days at the races, VIP tickets to events and many more.

"These prizes are essential to our event being successful so if there is anyone who would like to help with the donation of prizes or sponsorship, please contact the committee on 01406 493172 or 07951 893769."

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