Friends and family of Maggie Elliott (nee Holland) raised over £8,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK at a summer ball held at the Angel Hotel in Abergavenny on the 11th of June.
The glamorous event attracted attendance locally and from as far afield as Scotland, Germany and even California.
Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner before being invited to bid on a wide range of auction lots, such as golf days, paintings, a signed Sky cycling top and a luxury glamping break. Local band ‘Free Beer’ provided the live music as the party-goers danced into the night.
Principal organiser, James Holland, Maggie's brother, said: “We wanted to pay tribute to Mags in a fun, uplifting way. She loved a good party and getting dressed up. The ball was our way of honouring the sunny, happy person she was. Everyone made such an effort and looked gorgeous."
“The generosity of those who donated gifts and money, and those who bought raffle tickets and bid so extravagantly on the auction has been quite overwhelming. The money raised is beyond all expectations."
“I want to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who made the night such a success. Local businesses who contributed included H Shackleton, Monmouthshire Golf Club, Wernddu Golf Club, Seven Hills Hideaway, King’s Arms, Clytha Motor Company, Sue’s Salon, The Angel Hotel, The Hardwick, and the band ‘Free Beer’. Other contributors were painter, Sally Mackness, Team Sky, John Lewis Partnership, Elements Construction and law firm BP Collins who sponsored our fantastic vodka luge.”
The ball was organised by the 'Live Life To The Mags' team who cycled from London to Paris last September raising over £80,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Mags Elliott grew up in Abergavenny attending King Henry VIII school and returned often to visit family and friends in the area. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April 2014 at age 43. At the time of diagnosis the cancer had reached stage 4 and she passed away in February 2015 leaving behind a husband and two little boys.
Pancreatic Cancer UK would like to thank James and his family for their ongoing commitment and support in raising much needed funds and awareness in Maggie's memory.