Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Memorial ball raises £19,000 for hospice

THE daughter of a couple from Shiplake who died from cancer within two months of each

THE daughter of a couple from Shiplake who died from cancer within two months of each other raised £19,000 at a fund-raising ball for the hospice that cared for them.

Kelly Williams, 36, burst into tears upon learning the amount made for the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

Her mother Kay Landau died in February and her father Steve in April. They both spent the last three weeks of their lives at the hospice.

The couple, who lived in Lashbrook Road, were both 66 and would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this month. A total of 180 people attended the Seventies-themed evening with a three-course dinner and disco at Phyllis Court Club in Henley on Saturday night. Many wore fancy dress.

Mrs Williams, who lives in Blewbury, near Didcot, said: “The outfits were brilliant, I loved them. I didn’t expect so much effort to go into them.

“We got home at 2am and started counting all the money and I burst into tears as I couldn’t believe people had been so generous.

“I’ve had messages, emails and phone calls to say ‘what a fantastic night it was’ and ‘when’s the next one?’” Mrs Williams says she does plan to hold another fund-raiser and that it may become an annual event. “It’s such a great cause,” she said. “There are lot of people out there that Sue Ryder has helped, whether it’s at their homes or in the hospice.

“I’ve never done anything like this before. I think my parents would be incredibly proud. I wish I’d done something before — it just makes you feel good and I had something to focus on to get me through the grief.”

Mr and Mrs Landau moved to Henley in the Seventies. They lived in Albert Road, then Vicarage Road, before moving to Shiplake.

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