A Premier League star’s football boots and a weekend break helped a Nayland woman raise a staggering £26,000 for charity.
Susie Bradshaw, who runs Gladwin’s Farm holiday cottages, organised a glitz and glamour ball to raise money for a charity close to her heart.
Mrs Bradshaw, 33, decided to raise money for Cancer Research UK after she lost her mother, Pauline Dossor, to cancer eight months ago.
The mother-of-two joined forces with her sister, Jill Tracey, and friend Laura Stretham, whose father also died from the disease.
Together, they managed to encourage companies from around Nayland to support the ball through donating prizes for an auction and prize raffle.
In a single night, the trio raised £26,000 with the auction itself raising £17,000.
Bidders were keen to get their hands on football boots signed by West Ham and former England footballer Joe Cole, with other donated lots including helicopter rides, activity days and luxury weekend breaks.
“It’s brilliant – we made so much more than we originally thought,” said Mrs Bradshaw.
“We were aiming for between £10,000 and £15,000, so we have basically doubled that amount.
“We must say thank you to all those who came to the ball and to all our sponsors and donators.”
Particular praise was reserved for Bures company Zero Gravity, which did all of the event’s printing and its website design for free.
Mrs Bradshaw said: “Ourselves and many of our friends have known people who have suffered from cancer.
“After sadly losing our mum, we joined forces with Laura and decided we wanted to raise money for research to prevent it from happening to other people.”
Darren Couchman, Cancer Research UK’s local fundraising manager for Essex, said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of Susie and Laura.
“Their charity ball has raised an incredible amount of money and I know how hard they have worked in putting it together.
“This will make a huge difference in the fight against cancer.”