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Charity masquerade ball raises hundreds to help people affected by cancer

Kayleigh Hanlon organised a charity ball to help raise awareness of cervical cancer. She is pictured with some of the raffle prizes. Byline: Sonya Duncan

Kayleigh Hanlon organised a charity ball to help raise awareness of cervical cancer. She is pictured with some of the raffle prizes. Byline: Sonya Duncan

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A woman from Fakenham has raised hundreds of pounds for charity after hosting a masquerade ball.

Kayleigh Hanlon has helped to raised hundreds of pounds for charity after hosting a masquerade ball. Pictured is Ms Hanlon (middle) with her friends before the ball. Picture: PHOTOKISS PHOTOGRAPHYKayleigh Hanlon has helped to raised hundreds of pounds for charity after hosting a masquerade ball. Pictured is Ms Hanlon (middle) with her friends before the ball. Picture: PHOTOKISS PHOTOGRAPHY

Kayleigh Hanlon, who now lives in Norwich but hails from the north Norfolk market town, organised the event after being diagnosed with cervical abnormalities.

She wanted to help others affected by cancer.

Kayleigh Hanlon has helped to raised hundreds of pounds for charity after hosting a masquerade ball. Pictured is the man auction. Picture: PHOTOKISS PHOTOGRAPHYKayleigh Hanlon has helped to raised hundreds of pounds for charity after hosting a masquerade ball. Pictured is the man auction. Picture: PHOTOKISS PHOTOGRAPHY

“I was told last year I had cervical abnormalities,” she said. “Since then, it been my aim to help others in need and try to make a difference.”

The event, held at Fakenham Town Football Club, off Clipbush Lane, raised a total of £800 for the charities Coppafeel!, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Kayleigh Hanlon has helped to raised hundreds of pounds for charity after hosting a masquerade ball. Pictured is the ball at Fakenham Town Football Club. Picture: PHOTOKISS PHOTOGRAPHYKayleigh Hanlon has helped to raised hundreds of pounds for charity after hosting a masquerade ball. Pictured is the ball at Fakenham Town Football Club. Picture: PHOTOKISS PHOTOGRAPHY

“These are all amazing charities,” she said.

“The night was such a success and the amount raised was amazing.”

A man auction also featured on the night and six local men - Alex Barnes, Joe Gaston, Sam Issac, Scott Hughes, Jamie Bishop, and Oskar Fullalove - were bid for by single ladies wanting to go on a date with them.

Miss Hanlon thanked the businesses who supported May’s event, as well as a number of people who live and work in the town, including Paige Willacy, Ellie Willacy, Mollie Banham, Leah Ryder and Nicola Lewis. The current Miss Norfolk, Natasha Adams, also attended.

On the back of the ball’s success, Miss Hanlon is organising another charity event for July 14 - an eighties and nineties evening.

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