Cancer trust hold annual ball

Denise Taylor.
Denise Taylor.

A TOWN venue was awash with ball gowns and cocktail dresses as people enjoyed a fun-filled night and raised money for charity

Nearly 200 people turned out dressed to impress at the Borough Hall, on the Headland, and showed their support for the Denise Taylor Cancer Trust.

Denise, who lived on the Headland, sadly died in July last year aged 59 after a brave fight against cancer.

While she was battling the disease, Denise set up the trust to help others who were going through the ordeal.

She organised a Spring Ball last year, which was a huge success, so friends and family who make up the trust decided to make it an annual event.

And the decision of the members proved to be a good one after the ball went down a treat again.

People enjoyed a three-course meal and live music at the event which took place on Saturday night.

The organisers aren’t able to confirm the exact amount of how much was raised but think it is around the £2,000 mark.

All of the money will go straight into the trust and will be donated to cancer sufferers through non-repayable grants to ease the crippling cost of suffering with the disease.

Ali McKenna, 42, was a close friend of Denise’s and has worked tirelessly as a trust member since her sad death.

The mum-of-four who works as a project officer for Hartlepool Borough Council and lives in Bishop Cuthbert with husband, Mike, 44, an accountant, said: “Saturday was an absolutely brilliant night.

“Everybody seemed to really enjoy themselves and it was brilliant to see everyone with such big smiles on their faces.

“We didn’t raise as much as last year, but we think we have made around £2,000 which is an absolutely fantastic effort in these difficult times.

“It is an annual event now and we have already provisionally booked the hall for the second week in May next year.

“All of the members of the trust would like to thank everyone who came along, donated and helped to make the night a success.”

For more information about the trust and their work visit