A Downing Street trip ...then it’s another ball

Justin Hargrave and Emma Hargrave, with raffle prizes for their fundraising ball at The Design House restaurant, Dean clough
Justin Hargrave and Emma Hargrave, with raffle prizes for their fundraising ball at The Design House restaurant, Dean clough

A COURAGEOUS pair of fund-raisers have been invited to Downing Street as ambassadors for the charity they have raised thousands of pounds for.

Emma and Justin Hargrave, of Ashlar Grove, Queensbury, endured years of heartbreak after losing four children in three years due to stillborn and premature births.

Their first child, Joel, died in 2005 after being born 13 weeks early.

After losing their second child at nine weeks, Emma found she was pregnant again on her birthday in 2006.

But 23 weeks into her pregnancy with their third child Cameron they were told he had no heartbeat.

Evan arrived 12 weeks early on St Valentine’s Day, weighing just 1lb 4oz. And, despite a brave fight. he too lost his battle months later.

Last year Emma and Justin organised Evan’s Butterfly Ball to raise money for Tommy’s – a charity that helps parents who have suffered because of premature birth.

Their hard work helped to raise £9,370 for the charity, which has now invited them to join an afternoon with Chancellor George Osborne at Downing Street.

“I couldn’t believe it when we opened the letter,” said Emma.

They will make the trip to London on May 18.

Despite having ruled out a second charity ball, they found themselves organising another after Justin volunteered for the London Marathon.

After discovering he wasn’t a long-distance runner, he passed the baton to workmate Mark Richardson, also from Queensbury, a colleague at Royal Sun Alliance, Dean Clough.

“We decided the least we could do was organise the ball again,” said Emma.

It will be held at the Design House, Dean Clough, on May 28.

After a three-course dinner, guests will be free to dance to a band and DJ before a balloon raffle is drawn.

Their amazing prizes include flights to New York, VIP tickets for the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace, meals, hotel stays and a Hermes scarf, worth £420.

“We had such a good night last year we’re hoping this year will be just as good,” she said.

To buy tickets for the ball, contact Emma and Justin on 01274 884295 or email emmandjust@aol.com.