Video: Ball at Sprowston Manor raises over �3,500 in memory of former Blyth Jex School pupil Katy Rose

Over 200 people packed in to Sprowston Manor to raise funds in memory of Norfolk-born Katy Rose, who lost her battle with cancer in April 2010.

Katy, originally from Old Catton and a former Blyth Jex School pupil, moved to Lancashire to work as a teacher.

Since Katy's passing, her daughter, Beth, who was just eight years old when her mum died, has been encouraging and inspiring others to raise money for breast cancer.

The Candle4Katy campaign was launched in March 2011 with a Mother's Day walk in Clitheroe, Lancashire and since, with the help of her dad, Andy, and other family members, Beth has organised events all over the country.

One of the people inspired by Beth was her aunt, Rachael Wilson, from Spixworth, who organised the 'Sparkle Ball' at Sprowston Manor, a day made even more special as it would have been Katy's 40th birthday.


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The Sparkle Ball, so named because Katy loved sparkles, raised over �3,500 and marked the end of the Candle4Katy campaign - that within a year has seen the family raise almost �30,000.

Live music was provided by the band May Contain Nuts, and raffle prizes included a champagne hot air balloon flight for two, jewellery and signed football shirts from Norwich City, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool.

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Beth was also presented with a cheque for over �1,500 from Matt Jenkins, from Norfolk Constabulary, whose officers had sprouted facial hair for the Movember campaign in aid of Candle4Katy.

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