Inspirational pair raise £26,000 at Forget-Me-Not-Ball

Sian Morris and Amanda Baxter helped raise nearly �26,000 for the Alzheimer's Society and the Stroke Association at their Forget Me Not Ball on June 27. Picture by Darren Lee Photography. NNL-150714-190153001
Sian Morris and Amanda Baxter helped raise nearly �26,000 for the Alzheimer's Society and the Stroke Association at their Forget Me Not Ball on June 27. Picture by Darren Lee Photography. NNL-150714-190153001

Two friends who organised a fundraising ball to help two charities close to their hearts have raised nearly £26,000.

Amanda Baxter and Sian Morris held the Forget-Me-Not Ball at Broughton Grange on June 27 for the Alzheimer’s Society and Stroke Association, after both charities helped support the pair’s mothers.

Mrs Baxter’s mother Peggy was diagnosed with Azheimer’s Disease 18 months ago while at the same time Mrs Morris’ mother Lynwen suffered a stroke at the age of 63

Despite it being tough for both families, the pair set an initial target of £6,000 and have more than tripled their fundraising amount. They have thanked all those who attended the evening and businesses who kindly donated items for their charity auction.

Mrs Baxter said: “It was an incredible night. When we first started we set out planning it would raise £6,000 and the momentum has been building up for months. It was a brilliant evening with so many lovely memories, we had food and drinks in the gardens which was absolutely beautiful.”

After the three-course meal the evening kicked off with both a charity auction and a silent auction for people to bid on items. Incredible prizes in the live auction included a five-night stay in the Peruvian rainforest, two-night stay at an Edinburgh guest house and a seven-night stay at a villa in Cyprus.

The evening was also made more special with the appearance of Mrs Morris’ parents Lynwen and John Griffiths and Mrs Baxter’s dad Connell Craven.

Mrs Baxter added: “I think I can speak for both of us when I say we are incredibly humbled that so many people got behind our cause. It is quite something to have 185 people to do something we want to do and be so generous, the local businesses have also been behind us as well and we’d like to thank Stephen Hester for allowing us to host this evening.”