Cancer charity started by Norwich man to hold first fundraising ball

A charity started by a Norwich man which aims to raise awareness about male cancers will be holding its first ever fundraising ball later this summer.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation (BRF), Norfolk's very own national male cancer charity, was the brainchild of prostate cancer survivor Mel Lacey, whose recovery from the disease prompted him to want to do something to help other men and raise awareness.

Mr Lacey said the charity, which was launched on a national stage at the Houses of Parliament in May, will be holding an end of summer ball at Sprowston Manor Hotel on Saturday, September 22.

The ball will be the first fundraising event of its kind for the charity which is looking to find new ways of raising both money and awareness.

Mr Lacey, a trustee, said: 'This is a bit of an ambitious step for us and it's just one of a number of really exciting happenings that will be announced later this year.'

The ball has been organised by the charity's latest volunteer member, Louise Reeve-Warnes, who will be overseeing events for the BRF.

She said: 'We think that everybody likes the opportunity to dress up for a special occasion and we're giving people the chance to do that and raise funds for the charity at the same time.'

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The ball is a black tie/posh frocks event and includes a Bucks Fizz reception, three-course meal, a live band and disco providing music and dancing to the early hours of the next day.

Tickets are priced at �65 each, with a 10pc discount on offer for parties of 10 or more. It is scheduled to start with a drinks reception at 7pm on the Saturday, sitting down for the dinner at 7.30pm.

Tickets can be ordered by sending an email to

Full information about the ball will shortly be made available on the charity's website

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