The Dream Factory Monte Carlo Charity Ball coming to Orsett Hall

There is a great Charity Event coming to Orsett Hall on Saturday 22 November 2014.

Join the jet set, avoid the paparazzi and stroll down the red carpet into Millionaire’s Casino and enjoy a glass or two at the sophisticated Monte Carlo Cocktail Reception. Why not head for the Pit Lane and race the Monaco Circuit on the Formula 1 Grand Prix Simulator. Enjoy a superb Three Course Dinner accompanied by the infectious rhythms of the Sax player. Later in the evening, The Dream Factory will be holding an auction to raise funds for future dreams. After, guests can make their way to the opulently furnished Funky Casino where Roulette and Blackjack will await! Or simply dance the night away and be entertained by the atmospheric tunes of The Fabulous Martin Bell & The Atlantic All Star Band.

Tickets are £80.00 each and are available through The Dream Factory direct. Please contact Avril Mills on Tel: 020 8501 1234, Mobile: 07712 619726 or Email: avril.dreams@gmail.com. The Dream Factory is such a great cause, so help raise lots of money by attending this great event.

Founder of The Dream Factory, Avril Mills received the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

The founder of The Dream Factory charity, Avril Mills, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Miss Mills, 55, from Epping, has been honoured for ‘charitable services to children and young people’. She founded the charity six years ago following the death of her nine-year-old son, Oliver, from leukaemia in 1999. Miss Mills was told of her honour on Friday 13 June, on what would have been Oliver’s 24th birthday. She said: “I am just so shocked. This is the hardest secret I’ve ever had to keep. When I got the letter five weeks ago I had to read it three times to make sure I’d got it correct – and then I burst into tears.” She added: “Oliver is why I started the charity and it’s lovely that the list is made public on his birthday. “It really means so much. I invited my whole family tonight (Friday) so we could be together and tell them the news – it’s just fantastic. I’ve kept the letter hidden all this time and have kept on thinking ‘is it true’?” Miss Mills added: “I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of my family, close friends and volunteers.”

Miss Mills began fundraising in 1994 when she raised money for Barts and the London Hospital. She then worked voluntarily for the Charity Hopes and Dreams which aims to grant the dreams of sick children. In 2000, she was employed as a part-time fundraiser at Haven House Children’s Hospice, Woodford Green, and quickly progressed to Events Manager in 2004. In 2008, she founded The Dream Factory, which has now granted 279 dreams for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions. The Charity is currently working on more than 50 new dream requests. She is involved at every level of the process of dream granting but is the
only fundraiser raising money to make sure the dreams can happen.

In the years since she founded The Dream Factory, she has been able to grant dreams leaving these children and teenagers with special memories which helps to ease their life of constant visits to hospital.

About the Dream Factoryavril

The Dream Factory has been set up to brighten the lives and encourage hope for children and young adults who have either life limiting or life threatening conditions, or who suffer from severe disabilities. We do this by making their wishes come true!

We have been fortunate in gaining the support of a number of well-known people who have agreed to become patrons of The Dream Factory. These Patrons do try to attend our events subject to their work commitments and availability helping to raise the profile of The Dream Factory. At the beginning of January 2008, The Dream Factory was itself a dream, Avril knew what she wanted to do and was prepared to work hard to make it happen.

Avril was inspired by her son Oliver Image attached with permission of Avril Mills) who died of Leukaemia at the age of nine. While Oliver, a big EastEnders fan, was having treatment in hospital, Avril arranged for him to meet Ross Kemp, Martine McCutcheon and Sid Owen. Liking the idea she went onto make a wish for another child who had always wanted to meet the Arsenal Team. Before Oliver died he expressed the wish to grant dreams for children when he grew up.

For further information about the Charity, please visit: www.yourdreamfactory.org

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