A BEREAVED mum raised thousands of pounds for charity by organising a fundraising ball in memory of her teenage daughter, who died of leukaemia.
Diane Hodd, of St Thomas’s Road, hosted the event, called the Amy and Mollie Masquerade Ball, at the Masonic Hall, in East Ascent, St Leonards.
Her 17-year-old daughter Amy died in October 2007.
She said: “We had a fantastic evening with some very special guests and sponsors who without them the evening would not have been possible.
“Our guest of honour was six-year-old Mollie Podmore, who has been given the all clear from leukaemia and will be monitored closely throughout her childhood.
“She looked every bit the princess that she is, in a beautiful gown and mask, danced and laughed the night away.
“We raised a grand total of £2742.58, which will be going to The Oliver Curd Trust, based in Peasmarsh, which provides local holidays to children with life-threatening illnesses, and Children with Cancer Fund, which is based in Polegate.
“This charity grants wishes and financial assistance to families living with childhood cancer.
“My daughter Amy passed away after a five-year battle with acute myeloid leukaemia.
“She should have been celebrating her 21st birthday this year but sadly cannot do so. Amy fought the leukaemia with a fantastic sense of humour, courage and dignity.
“Anyone who met her along the way could not help but love her.
“Our thoughts at the start of organising this event was if we could put a smile on one child’s face who is battling this awful disease then we will be happy.
“I think we have achieved that and for my beautiful daughter Amy we did her proud.”