Our friends and supporters at the Weston Park Cancer Hospital are hosting a Masquerade Ball to raise funds for their local cancer hospital as a thank you for its dedicated care.

Long-time friends, Melita Hawksworth, Michelle Loy and Katherine Stagg are organising the event, which takes place on Friday 21st February, after Melita’s mum, Linda Kelly was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The Ball, which is taking place at the Genting Club in Sheffield, is raising vital funds for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, the dedicated charity for Weston Park Hospital.

Guests are invited to attend wearing red or black and will enjoy a three-course meal plus 10 complimentary raffle tickets giving them a chance of winning some fabulous prizes.

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity needs to raise over £2 million this year to fund a wide range of projects that will keep the hospital, which is one of only four specialist cancer hospitals in England, at the forefront of cancer treatment.

Melita’s mum, Linda was initially diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago and after receiving successful treatment at Weston Park Hospital was given the all clear. Unfortunately, 8 years later the cancer returned, this time in her bones. Despite receiving bone strengthening treatments, in December 2012 Linda was given the devastating news that the cancer had spread to her liver.

Melita, from Intake said: “Throughout my mum’s treatment, we have been lucky to have such a centre of excellence right on our doorstep in Sheffield. Without this facility my mum wouldn’t have had access to the latest treatments and care options so close to home.

“The Masquerade Ball is a way of raising awareness of the charity whilst saying a huge thank you to the hospital for caring for my mum over the years.

“With over 160 tickets already sold, we hope the night will ‘unmask’ the hidden gem that is Weston Park Hospital, whilst raising significant amounts for its dedicated charity.”

Throughout 2014, the charity is marking its 20th of projects for the hospital, including the completion of the new Clinical Research Unit and the Day Case Unit refurbishment.

Melita and her friends are no strangers to fundraising for the Cancer Charity, having previously competed in the Sheffield Half Marathon as well as organising bag- packing sessions at their local Asda store.

Fundraising Manager at Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, Helen Gentle, said: “We are extremely grateful to Melita and her friends who have gone above and beyond to raise money for us in such a unique and imaginative way.

“The Masquerade Ball promises to be an enjoyable evening for guests wanting to dress up and dance the night away – and it’s all for a good cause!” Linda is still receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment at the hospital and is remaining positive about the future with the support of close family and friends.

For more information or to purchase tickets inclusive of entry, a three course meal and 10 raffle tickets, call Melita on 07789454505.

For more information on Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, visit the website at www.wphcancercharity.org.uk or call the office on 01142265370.