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Lend Your Support to the Purple Ball of Hope.
Friday 28th March 2014 @ 17:00 by Anna Fletcher

You can go to the ball!


A unique ‘Purple Ball of Hope’ is being staged at Ashton’s Village Hotel next month to raise funds for a cause close to a Tameside family’s heart….

The event is being organised by businesswoman Jan Lord to raise funds for the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK and is being held in special memory of her mother Beryl Wainer, who tragically passed away with the disease  in August 2012.

The ball will be staged on Saturday, April 12, at the Ashton Moss hotel and promises to be a night to remember.

The Purple Ball is the first for the borough of Tameside and there will be lots of surprises along the way.

The compere for the evening will be Granada’s Paul Crone, who will be hosting a raffle and live auction on the evening to raise funds to support research into the disease.

“The aim is to raise as much as we can which will hopefully be thousands of pounds from activities and donations prior to the Purple Ball and on the evening,” said Jan.

There have already been some wonderful donations for the evening, including one from former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, whose character Hayley in the TV soap passed away from pancreatic cancer.

She has donated a signed script from the show, including Hayley’s last episode.

Entertainment will be provided by a host of magicians and the infamous Bobby Kemp and his five piece swing band who will be playing music that Beryl loved.

Tickets can be booked by emailing [email protected]

Jan is also campaigning for everyone to sign an e-petition. This has been set up to press for the issue of funding for pancreatic cancer to be heard in parliament with the aim that it should be greatly increased.

Visit to sign Jan’s petition.

For more on this story see this week’s (27th March) Tameside Reporter.