Missenden Abbey donates to children’s cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 12:32 23 July 2014

Jessica Levett of Missenden Abbey (left) with Thomas Ball’s parents, Elaine and Trevor Ball. Image by Katie Shrives.

Jessica Levett of Missenden Abbey (left) with Thomas Ball’s parents, Elaine and Trevor Ball. Image by Katie Shrives.

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Missenden Abbey Conference Centre in Great Missenden is to donate half the money raised at a Summer Fair and Craft Market to the Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund.

The event, held in the ten-acre grounds of the 12th century Abbey in London Road, Great Missenden, which is owned by Buckinghamshire New University, attracted over 1,000 visitors and involved more than 70 crafts and entertainment stalls, as well as music and demonstrations of falconry and dog agility.

For the second year running, half of the money raised from the event will be donated to The Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund, www.thomasball.org.uk. It is estimated to have raised more than £1,000.

Thomas’s mother, Elaine Ball, of Prestwood, near Great Missenden, ran a tombola stall at the event and said it had been ‘a huge success’.

Elaine said: “The highlight of the day for us was knowing that we had been chosen to benefit from the Summer Fair and Craft Market for a second year and once again seeing the generosity of the local community.

“We made £300 on our tombola stall alone, to add to the amount we will otherwise receive from the day.

“It was an amazing event and we would like to thank Missenden Abbey, the staff, stall holders and all those who gave their support on the day.

“Just looking around at the crowd and seeing the smiles and laughter confirmed that the event was a huge success.”

Thomas Ball died from cancer in 2003 aged just 14, and attended The Misbourne School, in Misbourne Drive, Great Missenden.

The Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund was set up by Thomas in 1999, then aged nine, with the help of his parents, with the aim of supporting children and teenagers who are undergoing treatment for various cancers.

The charity provides UK holidays in its two lodges on the Hampshire coast and an annual trip to Disneyland Paris for sick children every December. Money is also raised to fund research into childhood cancers - in particular Neuroblastoma, which Thomas suffered - and to improve children’s oncology wards.

Katie Shrives, Marketing Executive at Missenden Abbey Conference Centre, said: “A brilliant day was had by all and we were all so pleased to be able to once again support The Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund.”

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