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Purple Ball hits £25,000 target

The glittering Purple Ball of Hope fundraiser held to boost funds for research into pancreatic cancer raised exactly £7,000 on Saturday night.

More than 150 people enjoyed the annual Purple Ball – the fourth of its kind held at The Village Hotel in Ashton.

The event was established by local businesswoman Jan Lord, in memory of her mother, who sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer – and who loved purple.

Party goers enjoyed a sumptuous meal and an evening packed with entertainment before dancing the night away into the small hours.

An auction and numerous raffles with fabulous prizes helped to ensure a sum of just over £6,000 was raised by the end of the night.

Jan told everyone that £6,112 had been raised, just shy of £25,000 raised as a total over the last four years.

However, a generous ‘anonymous’ donor popped up at the end of the event to pledge the sum needed to hit the £25,000 mark.

An emotional Jan told the gathering she had promised ‘not to cry’ but struggled to hold back emotional tears of joy as she thanked everyone involved for making the ball such a staggering success.

She added that next year’s Purple Ball was already in the planning and promised it would be bigger and better than ever.

The Tameside Radio and Reporter team were at the ball to report from this year’s event.