A ball of a time for charity

By Rachael Grealish and photos by Robert Haile

Audience in cheers and tears: Sarah Jackson performed the song she wrote for Danica, Stay Awake, which left the audience touched and cheering.

Audience in cheers and tears: Sarah Jackson performed the song she wrote for Danica, Stay Awake, which left the audience touched and cheering.

ST BEES was decorated in purple and with fond memories for the second annual Dream Ball.

The charity ball, organised by, Danica’s Dream Fund chairty, took place on Saturday May 14, at the Seacote Hotel, in St Bees.

Danica’s Dream Fund was set up by the family of Danica Maxwell – who lost her fight with cancer in December 2010 – in her memory to raise money for children with cancer and their families.

Decorated in the colour of the charity, purple, the room with filled with beautiful reminders of the Danica.

The evening kicked off with music by Newton Smith, then there was several stunning dance performances from Step by Step and Alison Taylor dance troupes.

A special performance was given by Rihanna Maxwell – who at only 7 took up the stage for a dance performance of Snow White’s whistle while you work with a friend then a solo performance of Bruno Mars’ The Lazy Song – in the memory of her big sister who was also an avid performer.

Star of the future: Danica’s younger sister, Rihanna, took the mic and the stage with two performances in memory of her sister.

Star of the future: Danica’s younger sister, Rihanna, took the mic and the stage with two performances in memory of her sister.

Sarah Jackson, 17, from Calderbridge, played her song, Stay Awake, which she wrote for Danica.

John and Alison Maxwell, Danica’s parents, gave thankful speech to everyone who made the evening happen, from their friend and organiser, Caroline, and the guests, to the staff at the Seacote.

John Maxwell said: “The support is over whelming we feel the charity is going from strength to strength.
“We can’t thank people enough for their continuous support – some people didn’t even know Danica but have been touched by her story . It’s also great that they’ve already been asking about the next one. With this amount raised it will help so many families – it’s hard to lose a loved one but to watch your child go through that horrible disease and then to lose the battle is unbearable. Her charity keeps us going because it’s what Danica wanted and to help other families that’s also helping us with our grieving.”

taying strong: The Maxwell’s set up the charity in their daughters memory to raise money for sick children

Staying strong: The Maxwell’s set up the charity in their daughters memory to raise money for sick children

The night in total raised £1,790 for the charity.

This was from the various donated raffle prizes and the auction.