Willow blog

Emma has a ball for Willow

October 28, 2014

Emma Davidson and her friend Sarah Eccles, both from Poulton Le Flyde in Lancashire – together with a small group of their closest friends – organised and hosted a glamorous Proud to Be Pink ball, at Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel.
When Emma was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago, Willow arranged a weekend in London for her Special Day.  Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer last July. Sarah says that organising the ball gave her focus throughout her treatment and it was like the light at the end of the tunnel; it also firmly flipped a negative on its head.
Close to 300 guests attended the event, which included a glitzy Champagne reception, charity auction with The Nolans singer Linda Nolan – herself in remission from breast cancer and dancing to swing band, Smooth Chalk.
The ball raised a fantastic amount, of more than £9,000 to be split between the Rosemere Cancer Foundation in Lancashire, the Breast Cancer Campaign and Willow.

Sarah says “We both chose to support the Breast Cancer Campaign because we wanted a research charity to benefit – without research we probably wouldn’t be here. I chose Rosemere because it was my second home for a while.”

Emma chose Willow, as she benefited from a Special Day when she was going through treatment.  She said “Neither of us had ever organised an event like this before, so we’re thrilled it went so well. Everyone had a great evening and we’re very grateful to all the guests and those who donated raffle and auction prizes for their generosity and for making the ball such a success.”

Thank you Emma and Sarah, from all of us at Willow. We’re delighted that you had fun at the event and the amazing amount you raised will go a long way to helping us fulfil many more Special Days.