Marshland High School will host a charity ball next weekend which is hoped will raise £10,000 to make a leukaemia sufferer’s dreams come true.
This is the latest major fundraiser for Chloe’s Dream Appeal which hopes to raise enough to send five-year-old Wisbech girl Chloe Chaplin and her family to Disneyland Florida when she wins her battle against the disease.
John Fleet, organiser of 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 her treatment.”
The ball is to be held at the school in West Walton on May 24, from 7pm.
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 Rudham Ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“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.
Call John on 01945 474980 or 07768 117961.