Charity ball to remember lost loved ones

Emily Geldard, who is holding a charity masquerade ball at the Roker Hotel in memory of her dad Stephen.
Emily Geldard, who is holding a charity masquerade ball at the Roker Hotel in memory of her dad Stephen.
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GOOD causes are set to benefit from a charity ball to be held in memory of lost loved ones.

The Brain Tumour Charity and Action Medical Research will both receive cash from a masquerade ball being held at Sunderland’s Roker Hotel on Saturday, January 31.

It is the latest event to be organised by Emily Geldard after she began fund-raising following the death of her dad Stephen at the age of 58 in June 2013.

The Kleeneze agent, formerly a taxi driver and teacher, had been diagnosed with the illness less than 18 months before he died. Emily is carrying on as a Kleeneze agent like her dad, alongside her mum Sheila, 59.

Action Medical Research was chosen after Emily’s cousin, Andy Gallagher, had a son, Max, who died from an infection just weeks after being born prematurely in November 2013.

Emily, who last year raised £2,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity after doing the Great North Run, said: “These charities are extremely close to our hearts, and I would love this night to be a success. We just want to keep on raising money in their memories.

“There’s a three-course meal, disco, we’re getting prizes for an auction, a raffle and a photographer with a photo booth too,” said Emily.

Tickets for the ball are £20. To order tickets, call 07528 226050.