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Charity ball set for poorly little Isla

AFTER the success of their New Years Eve party for local Grays girl Isla Johnson, a group of football mums have again come together to organise their next fundraising event.

Ashlee Johnson, Catherine Jones, Marie Brodie, Vicky Keeble and Jessica Eatherton raised an amazing £4500 from their new years eve party held at east thurrock football club.

They have set their sights higher with the confirmation of The Isla’s Smile’s Charity Ball to be held at the exclusive Orsett Hall Hotel on October 24th 2015.

Isla Johnson is the younger sister of Jack who plays in the East Thurrock under 7’s.

Isla was diagnosed with the devasting condition Chronic Psuedo Intestinal Syndrome two years ago. A disease so cruel that it stops the muscles in the stomach from working. This makes the movement of food and fluid through the stomach non existent, with the food not being moved and being held in the stomach this causes untolerable pain and sickness for children like Isla. In Isla’s case her only form of nutrition is a infusion of nutrients inserted into a vein leading to the heart which acts as her daily feed – Isla was taken into hospital on Christmas Day and is still in Great Ormond Street where she is on the feed for 24 hours a day, affecting her quality of life.

Isla is one of hundreds of children that suffer this devastating disease that no child should have to live with.

Monies from the ball will be used to fund research into the cruel condition through the charity Port. The disease proves troublesome for doctors as no two cases are the same and treatment is by trial and error. Research is time consuming and costly.

With this in mind and knowing what Scott and Ashlee, Isla’s parents endure day after day the mums wanted to organise a ball where there are lots of laughs…… One night that the parents and families of the children with this cruel condition can have a night off and let their hair down – a night they can escape the reality – in aid of a good cause.

‘Laughter is the best medicine’ is the theme of the night and the mums have set to work to deliver a ball to make the night memorable.Tickets are available for £50.00 per person. This includes a reception drink, 3 course meal, comedians and a dj so you can dance the night away.

For booking and more information please contact Jessica on 07904 312692

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