A Leicestershire father and daughter are the first to sign up to a charity ballroom event to raise money for Hope Against Cancer and LOROS.
The event organised by Gateley Legal and Ultra Events and sponsored by Gateley Legal, Cambridge and Counties Bank, Mattioli Woods and Quilter Cheviot sees professionals from across the Leicestershire business community receive eight weeks of dance training free of charge in return for fundraising pledges.
Organisers hope to raise over £30,000 during the charity event, which will culminate with a black-tie ball at the King Power Stadium on April 2, 2020.
Martin, 58, and Laura Betts, 33, decided to sign up for the Leicester Ballroom Glitz event to make a real difference to those living with cancer.
Laura said: “As fundraising manager for LOROS, there seemed little chance that I would escape from signing up. However, out of all the fundraising activities that I get involved in, this is by far the most daunting and furthest from my comfort zone.
“Every day at LOROS I get to see the incredible difference we make to the lives of people who are living with cancer and other terminal diseases. It’s shaped me as a person and I’ve learned more about compassion, kindness and empathy in the 7 years that I’ve been here than most people learn in a lifetime.”
Laura’s father, Martin, who is the chairman of The Fleet Auction Group and chairman at Marcol Ltd, felt the full force of cancer when his father was diagnosed with bowel cancer 18 years ago. His family received the news while on holiday.
He said: “I remember us all having this overwhelming sense of how short and fragile life could be and why it was so important to make the most of the time that we had – needless to say that was a holiday none of us will ever forget – not just because of the devastating news we received, but because it was the catalyst that inspired us to make a decision that would ultimately mean we would spend considerably more quality time together as a family.”
Ultra Events has raised more than £20m for Cancer Research UK since the company was founded by former fitness trainer Jon Leonard in 2009. So far almost 60,000 people have taken part in events organised by the company, which includes boxing, mixed martial arts and ballroom dancing.
Jon said: “We are so pleased to bring this event to Leicestershire. It’s really encouraging to see the number of people that have signed up so far. Each of them is helping us to beat cancer and will really help save lives.”
Fiona Debney, legal director at Gateley Legal and chair of the fundraising committee, said: “This is an opportunity for people to step out of their comfort zone and try something completely different. The money raised will go direct to two fantastic cancer charities in the region, to support those living with cancer and to fund the research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.”
Tickets for the event are available here – https://www.ultratickets.co.uk/events/leicester-ultra-ballroom-glitz-2-april-2020/