Donna’s Dream House charity ball marks 20th anniversary
PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 April 2016
Mayors from Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and Chorley joined 343 guests at a special Oscar style ball held at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool.
Donna's Dream Home Ball
Music Coordinator Laura Higgins conducting her choir from St Cuthbert's RC Primary in a tribute to Donna Curtis who attended the school
Sheila Brown, CEO of the Newlife charity, with Coun. Tom Balmain, the Mayor of Wyre, his wife, Alene, the Mayoress, and Val Haynes
Donna's Dream House supporters Philippa Mann (left) and Linda Gettings with Coun. Peter Callow, the Mayor of Blackpool, and his wife, Coun. Maxine Callow, the Mayoress
Donna's parents, Len and Babs Curtis
Guest of honour, Daniel O'Sullivan is one of the children who has been helped by Donna's Dream House here with his mum, Sarah and Karen Dobson of The Newlife Foundation charity
Daniel Cross, Nicola Hargreaves, Jess Williams and James Whiteside
Ma Kelly's Showgirls, Sophie Callaghan and Jessica Colacurcio
Robert Foulkes and Gemma Curtis
Lauren Butterworth, James Toppin and Kristen Lyne
Rachel, Paul and Paula Kelly
Claire Swift, Dorothy Derbyshire, Barry and Carole Young
Tracey Harrison, Stacey Evans, Shelby and Jade Harrison, Chelsea and Gill Kirkman and Chris Dockery
The event marked the 20th anniversary since Donna Curtis passed away – the young lady behind the inspiration of Donna’s Dream House, a Blackpool-based charity providing free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses and their families, and for recently bereaved siblings and their families.
At the ball, the charity officials said they would be working alongside New Life Foundation, allowing them to jointly help families with more equipment and specialist care needs. On the night, £12,000 was raised by those in attendance, but with additional sponsorship and match funding they expect to have raised in excess of £30,000.
Donna’s parents, Len and Babs Curtis, said: ‘We would like to thank everyone involved in making the ball such a special night and to all those who continue to help build the dream, creating special memories and treasured smiles.’