We’re having a ball to help our heroes

Organisers: from the left, Laura Downes, Stevie Russ, Hollie Emmott and Georgette Russ
Organisers: from the left, Laura Downes, Stevie Russ, Hollie Emmott and Georgette Russ
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FOUR women have stepped forward to help servicemen and women injured in conflict.

Laura Downes was so full of admiration for our armed services after watching the Pride of Britain awards on TV she forked out for a £500 non-refundable deposit and booked The Venue, Bowers Mill, Barkisland.

She has now enlisted the help of three friends to plan a glittering ball on October 22.

Laura, 26, of Northowram, recently graduated from the University of Huddersfield in business studies, and she said it was only now she had the spare time to raise funds.

Along with Hollie Emmott, 26, formerly of Halifax and now of Leeds, and sisters Georgette Russ, 25, and Stevie Russ, 29, of Bradshaw, she is now drumming up support for the event.

Businesses are being targeted for raffle and auction prizes and tickets sold for the evening.

“I really wanted to do something to help and we hope to raise thousands,” said Laura.

Diners will enjoy a Champagne reception, a three-course meal and entertainment, which will include the band Northern Glory and Pete Emmett as compere.

Tickets cost £35 per person or £300 for a table of 10.

Laura is hoping the Calderdale community will rally round and support the event – if less than 150 tickets are sold the event can’t go ahead – and The Venue can cater for 350.

To buy tickets or donate raffle/auction prizes email helptheheroescharityball@gmail.com or contact Laura on 07540 228031 or Hollie on 07887 664431.

A Facebook profile called Charity Ball, which has the Help for Heroes logo, and a group called Help the Heroes Charity Ball has been set up.