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Charity ball honours Jo's motto of 'Live, laugh, love'

Family and friends of Jo Griffith from Northampton have raised £40,500 in her memory by throwing a glamourous ball recently with the theme of ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ – a sentiment that Jo was a great advocate of.

The amazing fundraising total raised from the ball, which was held at the Northampton Saints ground, is being split between Cynthia Spencer Hospice and breast cancer charity, Second Hope.

One of the main organisers of the ball and Jo’s sister, Andrea Coleman said: “One of Jo’s friends did some fundraising including a coffee morning and raised £500. When Jo was asked what to do with the money, she responded: “use it to make more.” This inspired a group of family and friends to put on the event that was Jo’s Ball.

“The event took nine months of planning but with the help and generosity of local supporters we were inundated with support which even included some great raffle prizes. We were overwhelmed at the success of the event. Our key objective of the event was to celebrate Jo’s life.  We thank everyone who supported the event by donating and attending.”

Andrea added: “Jo was a very positive person, living life to the full, never letting her illness define her. She gave back to the community by doing various voluntary roles and supporting charities.  Cynthia Spencer was there when she needed support herself. Jo was only there for a short time in October 2017, however it gave Jo and the family choice, dignity and support when most needed.”

Cynthia Spencer Hospice fundraising manager, John Helm said: “This amazing group of friends and family have achieved an incredible feat by raising such a huge sum of money and the passion they feel for honouring Jo’s memory is clear. To receive this sum of money means the world to our Hospice and it will go a long way towards caring for our patients and their families.”

Money was raised through ticket sales, the raffle and auction which were held on the night and great support was given from local businesses Bells Motor Group, Northampton Saints and EMW Law who helped with sponsorship enabling them to put on a glitzy night to celebrate Jo’s life and raise as much money as possible.

During the build up to the event, some of Jo’s friends also raised money to go towards the final total by completing various fundraising events including a sponsored head shave and a 100K walk.