Norfolk’s cancer charity to host Royal Norfolk Show ball

Norfolk and Waveney cancer charity Big C is to host next year's Royal Norfolk Show Ball.

The charity was chosen by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association to organise the ball, which will be held on Friday, June 24 next year.

One of the two founders of the charity, David Moar, has worked for Anglia Farmers for 30 years, leading to the blossoming of a partnership between the two organisations.

Sharon Hulbert, PR manager for Big C, said: 'We have received huge support from Anglia Farmers this year, and it's set to continue into the next year. It's very much through their support that we were given the opportunity to host the ball, and they've been very helpful in promoting it.

'Previously, they helped us sell tickets for our raffle to win a Subaru car, making it a huge success – we raised over �8,000. This year, they've donated prizes for the ball, and they've been very keen to support us in any way they can. It makes a tremendous difference to us as a local charity!'

With the support of Anglia Farmers, Big C hopes to raise in excess of �20,000 from the Royal Show Ball. This amount of money could be invested straight back into a piece of equipment for a local hospital, four student research projects at the UEA or pay for services at the Big C Cancer Support and Information Centre for one month.

Ms Hulbert added: 'This is the first time we've hosted an event of this scale and we really hope it will be well-attended. However, we do need to have corporate partners on board to sponsor this high-profile event. Currently, Anglia Farmers is our sole contributor. Something of this magnitude does have a lot of costs involved, but it is a massive opportunity for us as a charity.'

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Now in its 30th year, Big C has raised over �16m, and the money has been used to provide cancer equipment for local hospitals, vital support and care for people affected by cancer. It is based only in Norfolk and Waveney, which means any money donated to the charity is dedicated to helping local people affected by cancer.

The charity extends a helping hand to cancer sufferers at the Big C Cancer Support and Information Centre in Norwich as well as support groups country-wide, and has funded world-class research into cancer at the University of East Anglia.

The night will be a fun-filled evening with a three-course meal, live music from the Johnathan Wyatt Big Band, bubbly and dancing. There will also be prizes through the various raffles and auctions. Tickets are �57 and tables are for between eight and 12 people.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, call 01603 619900 or email sharon.hulbert@big-c.co.uk

To book a table or for tickets, contact Sarah Softley at Softley Events on 01362 857191.

For more information about Big C, visit www.big-c.co.uk or www.bit.ly/bigcfacebook