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BALL 2010 - 'Heroes & Villains'

‘Heroes & Villains’ Ball – Saturday March 27th 2010
Well, all we can say is …WOW!!! Yet again, we had an absolutely fantastic night!!! We never cease to be amazed by the support we receive from our friends, family & supporters!! We are incredibly lucky. Last year we raised £6000. We had 50 less guests this year, so we thought we would aim for between £4000 & £5000, but we actually raised a staggering £6000 again!!! This was unbelievable!!! So, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to those who made it possible!!! We are absolutely thrilled!!!
This year we also had a new fundraising film (which will be available to share with you all very soon). The impact was huge – so we owe a massive thank you to Matt Brinkley who has given up so much of his spare time & energy to create this. We think he is extremely talented (and so generous too!!!).
An Added Surprise…
There was an added surprise at the ball this year… Brian was 40 on April 3rd, the week after the ball, we could not let the ball pass without doing something!!! So, Poppy recorded her own version of the Miley Cyrus track ‘Butterfly Fly Away’ (with her fab Auntie Mich), and she managed to keep it a surprise from her Daddy for months too!!! We played her song, with a PowerPoint of photos to match, to a rather emotional Brian. Then to top it off, we had arranged for my Auntie Janine & Uncle Gary to secretly bring Poppy to the ball!! So after her song, she ran into the room to give her daddy the biggest hug!!! She then very bravely sang ‘The Climb’ (with just a little support from her Auntie Mich) in front of all 200 guests!!! We are biased I know, but Poppy has a beautiful voice & to see her singing in front of so many people was one of the proudest moments of our lives. We have never seen so many soggy tissues at one of our balls!!! And, what a lovely birthday surprise for such a wonderful daddy & hubby too!!!
Ball 2010 – Our Heroes
Many, many thanks to…
The Drayton Manor Staff, Ryan Greensill & Tony Dudley – our super DJs, Balloons & Tunes – for their wonderful room decorations, Matt Brinkley – for his amazing fundraising film, David Cross (my Dad!!)- our official ball photographer
Team ‘Poppy Fields’ – for your work on the night & in preparation for this years’ ball
Mich & Steve Darlaston, Cheryl Hickey & Brent Morgan, Matt Cross & Jayne Taylor, Tony & Peter Guilder, Julie Guilder, Sarah Atkins, Lee & Lucy Parker, Emma & Carl Hinckley, Maxine Woollard, Tracy Roughley, Caroline Adam & The Poppy Fields Cricket Team!
Ball Prizes
So many companies donated fantastic prizes – Thank you!!! And the following individuals…   John Hill, Louise Mattison, Zoe Williams, Ann-Marie Vyse, Donna & Andy Heath, Mark Wheeler, Karen & Anthony Dudley, Kate Waugh, Lucie Brady, Dean Moseley, Ashley Stretch, Davina Ghassemi, …and many, many more!
Without your support, our ball 2010 would not have been possible! We are extremely grateful!

Poppy singing 'The Climb' at our ball

Uploaded by poppyfieldscharity on 2010-03-29.

'Poppies grow in an environment of wind, rain and the worst nature can throw at them. Despite this they grow up strong and hardy, yet delicate and beautiful.'