Kind-hearted kids hoping for charity success

Four students from St Wilfrid's Catholic College are organising a masquerade ball in aid of macmillan because they have all been affected by cancer in some way.'Louise Pickett, Olivia Blankley,  Jack Berriman, Laura Pickett

Four students from St Wilfrid's Catholic College are organising a masquerade ball in aid of macmillan because they have all been affected by cancer in some way.'Louise Pickett, Olivia Blankley, Jack Berriman, Laura Pickett

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Teenagers with time on their hands after their exams decided to put it to good use and organise a charity ball.

The 17-year-old friends came up with the idea for a masquerade ball in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, while having a rest from their A-level revision.

Olivia Blankley, of Normanton, twins Laura and Louise Pickett from Crigglestone, and their friend Jack Berriman from Darrington, all have friends or family that have been affected by cancer.

Olivia is no stranger to raising money for charity having had her long hair cut short for charity last year.

She said: “We were all chatting one day in the study room at college and realised that we were going to be at a loose end once exams were over.

“We came up with the idea for the masquerade ball because my mum went to one a while back and loved it. The twins work at the Cedar Court Hotel as waitresses, so that was the obvious venue. The plan started to take shape immediately and we are really looking forward to the event.”

The teens have even recruited former X-Factor contestant James Michael to perform at the ball, after Olivia contacted him via Twitter.

Laura said: “Our friends and family are all really proud of us. We still need to sell a few more tickets, but we are hopeful it will be a success and are looking forward to seeing how much we can help everyone.”

Maria Amos, area fundraising manager said: “Macmillan Cancer Support provides vital services to people affected by cancer and their families, but we simply could not continue to do so without the help of the public organising events such as this one.

“The girls have worked really hard. Organising an event of this scale is a huge undertaking and I’m really humbled by their commitment. Please get in touch to secure your places for what I’m sure will be an incredible evening.”

The ball is on Friday, August 30 at the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield. Tickets cost £30 and include a three course dinner. To book, call 07557 348541 or email olivi
asydneyblankley@gmail.com