Two disabled teenage boys were VIP guests at a glittering charity ball in Chester recently, thanks to the support of local businesses.
Harry Devereux-Roberts, 15 from Irby and Matthew Heesom, 19 from West Derby, were guests of honour at Chester Racecourse, at an annual fundraising dinner supporting the work of Claire House Children’s Hospice, which both the boys attend.
The event raised more than £34,000 for Claire House, a charity providing care, support and choice to families whose children aren’t expected to live to be adults from Chester and beyond.
The boys’ attendance at the event was made possible thanks to Hooton-based digital marketing agency Click Consult, who were the event’s main sponsor, as well as retailers Liverpool ONE, who sponsored the boys’ table.
Harry’s parents, Ian and Debbie, spoke at the event. Ian said; “Harry had such a wonderful evening! What a treat to be able for us all to dress up as a family and come along to support such a glamourous event which supports a charity that has helped us so much.
“Claire House and everyone who supports the charity make it possible for Harry and his friends to experience all the things teenage boys should every now and then, like getting dressed up in a tux and hit the dance floor.”
Corporate fundraiser for Claire House Children’s Hospice in Chester Angela Rawsthorne said: “This event is now in its eighth year and it gets bigger and better thanks to our sponsors Click Consult and the amazing supporters who come back every year to enjoy the night.
“It was such an honour having Matthew and Harry as our VIP guests for the evening. Meeting them certainly inspired our guests to dig deep and raise such a phenomenal amount of money for Claire House Children’s Hospice.”