The family of a well-known man from the Brackley area has been bowled over by the number of people who rushed to buy tickets for a masquerade ball in his memory.
Kim Nike, from Silverstone, whose husband Dick died aged 57 in November after a battle with lung cancer, said she and her daughters were amazed when tickets for the ball at Brackley Town Hall sold out within 24 hours of having gone on sale back in February.
The ball will be held tomorrow, Saturday, June 1, and local businesses have rallied round with generous offers of support.
Auction and raffle prizes include an England goalkeeper’s shirt signed by 1966 World Cup winner Gordon Banks, a Wales rugby shirt signed by Gareth Edwards and a morning on the gallops with racehorse trainer Jonjo O’Neill.
“Everybody has been so kind,” said Mrs Nike.
Mrs Nike, who organised the ball with daughters Rebecca Weeks, Emily Jackson and Rachael Bate, hopes the event will raise a decent sum for Oxford’s Churchill Hospital lung cancer research unit. She said: “Doing something in his memory has been brilliant for me and the girls as well.
“We were just amazed when every ticket went within 24 hours.”
Floral arrangements will be donated by Forever Flowers & Gifts in Brackley High Street, while the bar and catering will be provided by Nigel Wiles, landlord of the Red Lion in Brackley.
Music will be performed by popular Northampton band Middle 8, and a caricaturist will be on hand to entertain guests.
More charity events are planned later in the year for the Churchill Hospital.