A FUNDRAISING couple who have collected hundreds of thousands of pounds for Sheffield cancer patients have added another £40,000 to their total donations by holding a star-studded charity ball with a touch of the X Factor.
Darren and Gail Baker, from Bramley in Rotherham, have collected a massive £190,000 for Weston Park Hospital since beginning their charity efforts in 2005 when Darren’s dad John died just two months after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.
They continued their good work by organising their sixth annual ball in aid of Weston Park Cancer Charity at Rotherham’s Magna centre – bagging a star performer in the shape of 2009 X Factor finalist Jamie ‘Afro’ Archer.
Jamie wowed the audience by belting out a selection of songs, and afterwards Darren said the sold-out event was a ‘fantastic night’.
“Jamie was such a nice guy and a brilliant entertainer. After his performance he stuck around to have pictures taken and chat with the guests,” he said.
“Everyone had a great time. We’ve already booked a date for next year’s ball and are going to get to work on securing another big name performer.”
Money raised will be used to fund vital cancer research, treatment and care for patients.
“The care they give their patients at Weston Park is just incredible,” Darren added.
Rachel Thorpe, Weston Park charity director, said: “It was yet another fabulous evening and we cannot thank Darren and Gail enough for all their support. We need £1.3m a year to enable us to continue with our work and we couldn’t do it without support from the public.”