Marshland High School will host a charity ball this weekend in a hope to raise £10,000 towards making a young leukaemia sufferer’s dreams come true.
The event, being held at the West Walton school on Saturday, is the latest major fundraiser in aid of Chloe’s Dream Appeal, which hopes to send Wisbech girl Chloe Chaplin, 5, and her family to Disneyland Florida when she wins her battle against the disease.
Emneth resident John Fleet, who has organised the charity ball, knows Chloe and her family through trampolining club Fenland Flyers, which Chloe had just started attending when she was diagnosed.
He said: “Chloe is just like a little princess. She’s a fantastic girl and you wouldn’t wish this on anyone, least of all her.
“Her family had booked a holiday to Disneyland Paris when she was diagnosed so that couldn’t happen and a group of us got together over dinner and decided to fundraise to send them to Florida when she finishes treatment.”
John said: “I’ve managed to get nearly everything donated so the full ticket price will be going to the cause, we’re hoping to raise up to £10,000 which we know is more than will be needed for the holiday so we plan to use the rest to buy toys for the Rudham Ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.
“Chloe has to go into the hospital every time her temperature goes up or her blood pressure rises and she is put in isolation. The ward has one iPad but that means nobody really gets a go on it.”
Over £5,000 has already been raised, with generous Fenland people really getting behind the appeal by holding cake sales and raffles, but now they hope the final tickets for the ball will sell.
John said: “Ticket sales have been appalling, but we hope because it is on a bank holiday, people will come.”
Tickets for the ball are £30 each and include a three-course meal and music from band Rapture.
For more information contact John on 01945 474980 or 07768 117961.