A fundraising ball to commemorate what would have been the 18th birthday of Millie Watts has raised an amazing £22,000 for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation. The Pink Wellies Ball which took place at Marriott Bexleyheath on April 21st was organised by Helen and John Watts of Sidcup to celebrate the memory of their daughter, Millie, who died from acute liver failure shortly after her second birthday.
“We wanted to mark Millie’s special birthday and her memory with a big party for friends and family,” explained Helen. “We thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to raise money for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation as the research they fund is important to us. We hope that in the future no family will have to undergo what we went through. We also know that the charity provides an amazing support network for young people who are growing up with liver disease. “Pink Wellies” was the obvious theme as these were Millie’s favourite footwear. We have her sparkly pink wellies on our kitchen shelf, and they always bring a smile to visitors who knew her!”
Saturday’s event was attended by 230 guests who enjoyed entertainment from charity band Never Too Late, Magician Neil Colley and Balloon Modelling from Party Tree. Local and national businesses provided generous support in the form of raffle prizes and auction lots which, thanks to the skills of auctioneer, Paul Coyte, significantly boosted the fundraising total.
Amongst the guests was Alison Taylor, Chief Executive of Children’s Liver Disease Foundation who said: “We are the only UK charity dedicated to fighting all childhood liver diseases, by providing information and emotional support, funds for research and a voice for all those affected. In order to do this however, we rely almost entirely on voluntary donations which is why we are so incredibly grateful to Helen and John for putting on such an amazing event. To experience such a tragic loss and take the opportunity of a poignant anniversary to help other families is truly selfless. The ball was a brilliant event and the funds raised will make a real difference to families around the UK who are affected by childhood liver disease.”