Charity ball planned to help stroke group

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A teenage salon owner has organised a lavish event to raise money for the charity which helped her dad get over a stroke.

Esther Grange and Samatha Brown, who own Sanctuary of Beauty in Braybrooke Road, Desborough, have organised a black tie charity ball and casino night at the newly refurbished Ritz in the town’s Station Road.

The fundraiser has been set up to benefit The Stroke Association, who helped out Miss Grange’s dad, Stuart, when he had a stroke in 2010, in what was a ‘heartbreaking’ time for the teenager.

The charity helped improve Mr Grange’s communication as well as giving him a chance to attend groups and meet people who have also been stroke victims.

Miss Grange, 17, said: “It was heartbreaking to see how full of life my dad was before the stroke, and then seeing that be taken away from him.

“The Stroke Assocation is a charity that is close to my heart.

“They’ve really helped my dad improve his co-ordination and communication and it was good for him to be around people who are in the same situation as he is.

“There has been quite a bit of interest in the event already, and I’m hoping to raise around three thousand.”

The event, called the Queen of Hearts Charity Ball and Casino Night, is taking place on Saturday, February 11.

Guests will be treated to drinks on arrival, a live band, DJ, buffet supper, professional casino tables and charity auction.

Some of the auction prizes include a hand-made pair of shoes by Joseph Cheaney Shoes, and a men’s suit from Well Groomed.

Mr Grange, 52, of Desborough, said: “I’ve had help from The Stroke Association’s Communication Support Service group, and am pleased I can give something back.

“The group is not just about improving communication, it builds us in so many different ways, without us even realising.

“Activities including guest speakers, memory games and dexterity games are vitally important to our recovery, so the thought of the Government cutting essential services like this is devastating.”

Tickets are priced at £25 and are now available from Sanctuary of Beauty, The Ritz or by calling 01536 760222.