Proceeds of memorial ball handed to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Teresa Fountain, Julie Pettit, Anita Altham and Alan Smith presenting a cheque raised at the Jan Smith's memorial Ball at Greatham Valley to Kirsty Clipston, the hospice fundraiser (centre) EMN-160116-192504009

Teresa Fountain, Julie Pettit, Anita Altham and Alan Smith presenting a cheque raised at the Jan Smith's memorial Ball at Greatham Valley to Kirsty Clipston, the hospice fundraiser (centre) EMN-160116-192504009

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Part of the proceeds raised from a memorial ball in tribute to a much-loved mum have been handed over to Thorpe Hall Hospice.

Alan Smith and his daughters Teresa Fountain, Julie Pettit and Anita Altham, held the third memorial ball in November at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre.

The third memorial ball held in memory of Jan Smith EMN-160118-143130001

The third memorial ball held in memory of Jan Smith EMN-160118-143130001

The ball was held in memory of wife and mother Jan Smith, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in 2011 - just seven months after being diagnosed with the disease. She was 65 and lived in Stamford.

The event was started with the aim of raising money and awareness of pancreatic cancer - which is the fifth most common cancer and has the lowest survival rate of the 21 most common cancers.

So far, the family has raised nearly £25,000, including just over £10,000 from November’s ball.

Proceeds from the inaugural and the second ball went to Pancreatic Cancer UK, while proceeds from the third ball were shared between that charity and Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, where Jan spent time during her illness.

Volunteers from Thorpe Hall attended on the evening and helped sell raffle tickets.

At the weekend the family visited Thorpe Hall and Anita said it was amazing to see where the money raised would go.

She said: “It really is just a fabulous facility now.

“Every year the ball has got bigger and this was the best one yet - the support we had was unbelievable.

“My mum was a very private and quite lady but I know she would be proud of what we’ve all achieved as a family.”

The family also thanked businesses that supported the ball with raffle and auction prizes; The George of Stamford, the Crown Hotel Stamford, Hanson Ketton, Manchester United Foundation, Ray Campbell-John Butchers, Sandalls Bourne, Ragdale Hall, Toft Hotel, Ryhall Stores, The Wicked Witch at Ryhall and United Vanliners. BGL Group also made a kind donation.