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'Brilliant' launch raises £5k in memory of toddler

Published date: 03 February 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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A BALL to officially launch a foundation in memory of a brave toddler has been described as “perfect” by organisers.

The Amelia-Mae Foundation held its official launch ball in Bromborough on the Wirral and the event could not have gone better, organiser Rebecca Evans said.

The charity has been launched in memory of Amelia-Mae Davies, who lost her tragic battle with neuroblastoma in July 2013, aged two.

The youngster, from Garden City, Sealand, fought the form of childhood cancer bravely and her battle attracted the attention of high-profile stars, such as former Liverpool and England footballer Jamie Carragher.

The launch night – which raised more than £5,000 for the Foundation – was hailed a success

Miss Evans said: “One word to describe the night would be perfect. We had a brilliant reception from everyone. We raised a lot of money and awareness for the foundation.

“I think a lot of people went away with a lot more knowledge of neuroblastoma, also the meaning and importance behind the foundation.”

After Amelia-Mae’s tragic death last year, the foundation was established to help other children in their struggle against cancer.

Amelia-Mae’s parents, Stewart and Angela, attended the event and were presented with a special painting to commemorate the foundation’s official launch. A number of high-profile charity ambassadors were on hand to lend their support, including Denise Fergus, mother of the late James Bulger and the boxer Derry Mathews.

The evening included an emotional speech from foundation director John Murray, who spoke of experiencing neuroblastoma from a parent’s view.

Miss Evans added: “You could hear the sobs in the room and see people wiping their tears away, it was a very emotional speech. Following the speech the ambassadors were presented with flowers and scrolls.

“We’re hoping to organise another ball in August this year as this one was such a success.”

Amelia-Mae's mother, Angela attended the event alongside her husband, Stewart.

She said: “£5,000 is a fantastic amount to raise but awareness of who we are and what we do is more important.

“We intend to raise awareness of neuroblastoma which is more valuable.

“Even though we’ve only just launched, we’re already supporting two families and I’m about to go and visit three more.”

More information can also be found on the website, www.ameliamae
foundation.com

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