Fancy dress ball raises £5,000 for cancer research

Lizzie Katy & Leona
Lizzie Katy & Leona

THREE Sheffield sisters-in-law maintained the tradition of organising an annual fancy dress ball to raise money for breast cancer research.

Michelle France, Barbara France and Sharon Beresford sold 800 tickets for the latest event, the 12th, at Sheffield Hallam University’s Hubs venue in Paternoster Row.

“We decided to do it for the people who literally saved our lives,” said Michelle, aged 54, of Waterthorpe.

The result is around £5,000 for breast cancer research at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

The women started their charity work after Michelle was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997. Sharon, aged 55, of Halfway, was diagnosed a year later.

All three entered the spirit of the occasion at the latest ball - Barbara wore a Lady Gaga costume, Sharon went as a Spanish flamenco dancer, and Michelle was ‘Lady Gruesome’ - which was declared the best yet.

“It was just fantastic,” added Michelle. “The effort people put into it is just unbelievable. It gets better and better every year, it really does.”

Hallam provided the Hubs for free, as Michelle and Barbara, aged 55, from Sothall, work at the university as catering assistants.

Prof Malcolm Reed, the specialist who leads the cancer research, visited for the first time.

“He said he was absolutely amazed, and that he was going to make sure he was around for next year. He said he’d even dress up.”