Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Memories Helping Fundraisers to Spread a Warm Glow Memories Helping Fundraisers to Spread a Warm Glow

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Memories Helping Fundraisers to Spread a Warm Glow Memories Helping Fundraisers to Spread a Warm Glow

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Byline: Toni Guillot Reporter By Dave Robson Senior Reporter

MEMORIES of a much-loved mum are inspiring her loved ones to once again get in the pink.

Jacqui Hampton was one of the leading Pink Ladies who have raised thousands of pounds in the fight against cancer in recent years.

Sadly she died in September after her own battle with cancer.

But her friends and family have vowed to make this year's fundraiser at Gisborough Hall the "biggest and best" yet in tribute to the Carlin How 54-year-old.

From now until Sunday, as the darkness creeps in, the 19th century mansion will be transformed to radiate a warm shade of pink.

The colour scheme is the idea of the Pink Ladies - who will host their Pink Ball at the hall tomorrow.

Nana and mum-of-two Jacqui, who ran her own business H&G Training with sister Tracey Grif-fiths, had already beaten breast cancer along with her daughter-in-law, Sharon Hampton, last year. Now her niece, Claire Starsmore, says the team is determined to make the fundraiser the "biggest and best yet".

Claire said: "It's going to be a really special event this year because it's in memory of my aunty.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received over the last couple of years and would like to thank those who have helped us.

"It has been a struggle and an emotional rollercoaster to pull the ball together this year, but we all feel the need to keep working.

"We are working towards raising money so people eventually do not have to go through the loss we have. We as Pink Ladies will work in keeping Jac's legacy moving forward.

"We just want people to drive past and wonder why the hotel is pink, ask questions and start thinking about cancer, and stop and remember our Jac."

Over the last three years, the Pink Ladies have raised more than PS20,000 for Cancer Research UK after becoming official fundraisers of the charity.

The year's event will also raise money for Ward 14 at James Cook University Hospital, which cares for cancer sufferers.

The Pink Ladies are Claire, Sharon Hampton, Tracey Griffiths, Joanne Everington, Carly Featherstone, Rachel Griffiths, Mandy Cutler and Kirsty Abbott.

The black tie ball starts at 7pm with a cocktail reception, followed by a two-course meal.

There will be stilt and fire-eater performances along with an auction, raf-fle, photo booth and entertainment from the Last Anthem band.

To buy tickets or |donate prizes, contact Claire Starsmore on 07986 560777.

BELLY-DANCING beauty therapists hope to delight at a cancer charity night.

Claire Seymour, owner of the Top-to-Toe salon in Skelton, has formed belly-dancing troupe The Turkish Delights to entertain guests at a sell-out event at the Grinkle Park Hotel, Easington, tomorrow. …

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