December 2017

Team Sparkle

This December’s fundraisers of the month are the amazing Team Sparkle whose inaugural Sparkle Ball in Grasmere last year raised an incredible £24,400 for 3 charities, £8,100 of which has been donated to The Christie.

Team Sparkle are a fantastic fundraising group, who were all close friends of much missed mum of three Andrea Batten-Gray. Andrea sadly lost her battle to advanced metastatic breast cancer earlier this year.

Group member and co-organiser Emma Cross said that “Andrea was a very special and unique person, with a complete zest of living life to the full! She was a total inspiration to all of us, with an amazing smile and infectious laugh - she made you 'sparkle' when in her company. A natural born organiser, she was an integral part of 'Team Sparkle'. She remained so incredibly brave and strong throughout all of her gruelling treatment which took place at the Christie.”

The fabulous line up of auction and raffle prizes kindly donated by friends and local businesses enabled the event to raise a staggering £24,400. Funds raised have been split equally between St Mary's Hospice, Teenage Cancer Trust & The Christie Charity.

We would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to all of Team Sparkle and to all of the guests, sponsors and contributors of the event.