Charity ball in memory of Dawn is first big event of new foundation

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Family friends and colleagues turned out in force for a charity ball in memory of a young woman who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.

The charity ball held at the Marriott Hotel in Preston was the first major event hosted by the Dawn Morley Cancer Foundation.

from left, Lucy Willis, Valerie Morley and Helen Freeman at the Charity Ball in memory of Dawn Morley

from left, Lucy Willis, Valerie Morley and Helen Freeman at the Charity Ball in memory of Dawn Morley

Dawn, 34, died in April this year at St Catherine’s Hospice.

The former Our Lady’s High School pupil from Ashton, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

Two years later she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Her family and friends were keen to do something in her memory so set about launching the Foundation.

The charity ball raised more than £4,000, meaning the family has now reached the £5,000 mark needed to enable them to set up a registered charity in her name – which they are currently in the process of doing.

More than 140 people attended the ball, enjoying a sit down meal and entertainment. A colleague of Dawn’s Tom Biddle also sang a song he had written in her memory called Smile.

Dawn’s parents Valerie and Andrew were pleased with the evening. Valerie, 62, said: “I saw Dawn go through so much I thought I want to help other people and give something back.

“Dawn wanted something to happen after she had gone, she wanted to start a charity so I have done that in her memory.

“When people get to rock bottom I want to help, to support them when they are going through their last few months which are so difficult.”

Valerie said of Dawn, she: “She loved going out, she loved shopping, she loved pamper days. She was always smiling.”

“The ball was fabulous, everyone enjoyed it. We are hoping it will become an annual event. It was a great night.”

For more information email: dawnmorleycancerfoundation@gmail.com