AN EVENING of Hollywood glamour is set to take place at a Sheffield hotel to raise funds for a young woman who died during the London Marathon.
Claire Squires’ death during the run in April prompted an outpouring of grief nationally and thousands of strangers donated money to the Samaritans charity, for which she was running.
Her friend Kerry Summers, who works in Sheffield, has now organised a charity fundraising ball to take place at the St Paul’s Mercure Hotel in the city centre.
The bash is on Sunday, January 6, and the event will be attended by special guest professional dancer Flavia Cacace, of Strictly Come Dancing fame.
Proceeds will go to the Squires Effect, an organisation set up in Claire’s memory by her family and friends to help charities.
Kerry, who oversees spas, salons and hotel spas in the Sheffield area as regional development manager for Decleor and Carita UK, said: “Claire was my hairdresser for more than three years and sadly passed away during this year’s London Marathon while raising money for the Samaritans.
“Claire was so full of life, always on the go and raising money for different charities, she was beautiful inside as well as outside.
“When she died so suddenly and tragically I think it affected everyone who knew her.
“I wanted to do something to help keep her legacy going.”
“The event at St Paul’s will be full on glamour.
“We will be giving guests a red carpet experience and there will be a disco, dinner, auction, raffle and a casino.”
Among the prizes are a book autographed by this year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up, Champneys Spa vouchers, a Bannatyne’s Leisure voucher, Foxhills country hotel and golf club vouchers, Lava shells treatments, jewellery, a signed Leicester Tigers rugby ball and Coast vouchers.
Kerry said: “I’ve known Flavia and her professional dance partner Vincent Simone for six years, but sadly he can’t make, it so this is a solo attendance by Flavia who will add more than a touch of glamour.
“She will be meeting and greeting the guests and having her photograph taken with them, as well as taking part in a question- and-answer session.”
“I work with the wonderful spa team at St Paul’s and I wanted to hold the event somewhere central and somewhere that had the elegance and capacity to hold maximum numbers.
“The whole team at St Paul’s have been amazing and so supportive.”
n Tickets for the fundraising bash are £40 each or £360 for a table of 10.
To buy tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07767 144817.