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CHARITY MASQUERADE BALL RAISES £2,500

22/5/2015

A glamorous ball held at Beaufort Park Hotel has raised £2,500 for the HLH Trust. The event was organised by two local families who have been affected by an extremely rare condition that affects one in a million children.

Debbie and Garry Ellson, who lost their 15-year-old daughter Robyn to cancer two years ago, are supporting the family of Alex Heaton, four, from Buckley.

Alex is in remission from haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (known as HLH), but the family fear it could one day return and have vowed to do all they can to highlight the plight of people with the condition.

More than 80 people attended the ball, which included a three-course meal and a live band performance.

Mrs Ellson, 49, said “We raised £2,500. We would like to thank everyone who gave donations to make this an amazing experience. Everyone who supported the charity ball and everyone who purchased raffle tickets played their parts.”

Alex’s mum Claire Heaton, who also has a seven-year-old daughter Rachel, praised the couple for their plans to fundraise for HLH, adding: “I think it is amazing they are doing it for Alex.”