Ball raises £5,000

Sarah and Richard Clarke for a feature on Martin House Children's Hospice. Their daughter Emilia was cared for there before she died earlier this year.
Sarah and Richard Clarke for a feature on Martin House Children's Hospice. Their daughter Emilia was cared for there before she died earlier this year.
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A couple who lost their daughter to a rare genetic disease have raised almost £5,000 from a charity ball held in her memory.

Sarah and Richard Clarke held the Millie Bug Ball in honour of little Emelia, who died at just eight months old from Zellweger’s Disease – a condition which meant she could not process fats.

Her parents, of Penrose Beck Drive, Ackworth, raised £4,800 from the fundraising night, which formed part of their Team Emilia campaign to raise cash for Martin House Children’s’ Hospice and the Jigsaw Team, which supported the family through their daughter’s illness.

Mrs Clarke, 30, said: “The charity ball went extremely well and we would like to thank everyone that donated prizes, everyone that attended and was so generous on the evening and our team of friends and family who helped in the preparations. The sum far exceeded what we hoped we achieved and will help the charities continue the amazing care they provide.”

The Millie Bug Ball marked what would have been Emilia’s second birthday. The couple have now raised more than £21,000 for the charities