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PHOTOS: Masquerade Ball at Hotel 41

The organiser of a masquerade ball held over two nights said she feels humbled after £4,600 was raised in aid of Brain Tumour Awareness and Garton CE Primary School.

Sue Hildreth organised the ball in memory of her daughter Jessica who passed away suddenly in 2020 aged just 23 after suffering a heart attack and seizure caused by a brain tumour.

The ball held at Hotel 41 in Driffield last Friday and Saturday nights saw 100 people attend on each evening with guests enjoying a three-course meal, disco from Dave Jackson and a raffle and auction.

Sue told the Wolds Weekly that she has been overwhelmed by the support she has received.

She said: “The two evenings couldn’t have gone any better.

“So far, we have raised £4,600 which we are extremely pleased about and is well above any amount we could have imagined.

“The support has been fantastic from local businesses and individuals and Hotel 41 have been fabulous – it has been a pleasure to do.

“Jessica would have loved the weekend, although she would probably think I was stupid for taking it all on, but she would have been so pleased with the amount of money we have raised. It is so humbling to have such support, especially in these current hard times.”

Mum-of-two Jessica was out walking with her family when she collapsed and never regained consciousness.

She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, but sadly nothing could be done for her. She had suffered a heart attack and seizure and a brain tumour had been the cause of her death.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer and Sue said she wants to do all she can to raise awareness and continue with her fundraising.

Sue added: “This is the first time that I have felt able to organise an event in memory of Jessica and I was so amazed that within four-and-a-half minutes of publicising the ball it had sold out and so after speaking to Hotel 41, we decided to put on a second night and that sold out in eight minutes.

“My friends and Jessica’s friends have been so supportive and have helped make this happen, as have all the wonderful local businesses who donated raffle prizes and items for the auction. It was humbling to hear people’s stories about Jessica and people’s own personal stories about how brain tumours have affected their families and I will continue raising funds and awareness for brain tumour research because it is greatly needed.”

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