Hospice support group raises £7k at Butterfly Ball

04 March 2016

A beautiful Butterfly Ball was held at DW Stadium on Saturday (27th February), raising over £7,000 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Over 300 people dressed in their best to attend the ball, held in memory of a much-loved daughter, mum and grandmother, Denise Winstanley, who would have celebrated her 60th birthday on the day of the Ball.

Winstanley Support Group was set up by Denise's daughters after they lost their mum to cancer in May 2012 and has raised a staggering £35,000 since it was formed.

The Community Support Group engages local people from Winstanley in raising money for the Hospice.

Guests at the Butterfly Ball enjoyed a fun-packed evening with a raffle, confectionary cart, photo booth, disco and singers, including Denise's granddaughter, 7 year old Lillie Stevenson.

Katie Stevenson, from Winstanley Support Group and daughter of Denise Winstanley, said: "My mum always said she would come back as a butterfly and so we decided to use butterflies as the theme for the Ball to mark her very special 60th birthday. It was such a wonderful night, although emotional at times, with so many friends and family coming together to remember mum and to raise money for such a fantastic cause.

"We'd just like to thank everyone who came along on the night for supporting the Hospice and for making it such a memorable night. Thanks also to our sponsors J & K Confectionary. My mum would have been so proud."Butterfly Ball

Alan Baron, Chief Executive of Wigan and Leigh Hospice, said: "Community Support Groups are a real lifeline for the Hospice. As we only have a small fundraising team of our own, Community Support Groups enable us raise money through many more events.

"The Butterfly Ball has been a fantastic success and shows just what local communities can achieve when they work together. This donation will make a significant difference to the lives of many of our patients and their families."

Find out about setting up your own Community Support Group.

Pictured (l-r): Denise's daughters and their husbands - Gareth and Kelly Stokes, Rob and Katie Stevenson, and Kris and Claire Ward.

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