A group of friends from Radcliffe are holding their second charity ball in memory of one friend who sadly lost her battle to breast cancer and in celebration of another who won her battle with the disease.
Samantha Black, a mother of four, passed away in December 2016, at just 45 years old.
Earlier that year, in June 2016, Eloise Dobson was also diagnosed with breast cancer at just 37.
Thanks to treatment at the Nottingham Breast Institute, Eloise, who is also a mother of four, went on to make a full recovery.
Eloise, her sister and a group of their and Samantha’s friends are now organising their second charity ball in support of the Nottingham Breast Institute, which is based at Nottingham City Hospital, to thank them for their care of the friends.
Last year’s ball raised a phenomenal £22,000 towards a new digital mammography machine at the Breast Institute.
This year’s ball will be held at Colwick Hall on Friday 17th May and is once again being branded the Black and Green Ball, in memory of Samantha Black and in celebration of Eloise, whose maiden name is Green. This year’s theme with be fairytale.
A spokesperson for the group of family and friends said: “The results of the 2018 ball were phenomenal.
‘We set out to raise £15,000 and ended up raising more than £22,000. Now we want to make 2019 even better and have set ourselves the incredible target of raising £25,000.
“The heartache and devastation caused by the loss of Samantha and the forever gratefulness of Eloise’s recovery has only provoked our determination to fight back at cancer and celebrate life.
“Our Sam was gorgeous. Her cancer journey was long but she was such a courageous lady.
“Her battle was fought full of humour and love for all that had the pleasure to travel this path with her.
“Sam had a huge heart and joined her friends together to make the family we have become.”
The money raised at last year’s ball went towards funding a new state-of-the-art digital mammography machine at the Nottingham Breast Institute.
Around 4,000 women’s lives are saved every year because of early detection of breast cancer through screening, and this new machine aims to make the process quicker and easier.
Tickets for the ball costs £50 each, which includes a drinks reception, two-course meal and live entertainment.
There will also be a raffle and auction on the night to raise further funds. Prizes at last year’s ball included golf days and a trip to Dublin.