Fenland teenager organising charity ball at Neale-Wade Academy to raise funds for Children in Need

Children in need ball.

Children in need ball. - Credit: Archant

A Fenland teenager is organising a charity masquerade ball in aid of Children in Need.

Shannon Barrow, of Creek Road, March, will put on the event at Neale-Wade Academy on November 15.

There will be a two course meal, live bands, alcohol on offer and an auction with prizes donated by Fenland businesses.

The 16-year-old Neale-Wade student hopes to pursue a career in events management when she finishes her studies.

She said: “I had the idea in July but it was during exams so I’ve been working towards it since the middle of August.

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“The hall has a capacity of 180 and I hope to fill every seat, which would raise £1,620.

“I’ve always wanted to do a charity ball. It was a hard decision choosing which one but the timing seems right for Children in Need and I think I’m quite a motherly person.”

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Ms Barrow is chair of the Youth District Council and volunteers for 20Twenty Productions, a group which organises community events.

They staged a charity fashion show at March Town Hall on Sunday.

She said: “Through my work with 20Twenty productions I have organised a lot of events, including helping out with the St George’s Fayre.

“I used to have no idea what I wanted to do - I even dreamt of being a popstar - but in the past six months I’ve thought seriously about it and events management seems right for me.

“When I finish my A Levels I hope to do an events management course at university.”

The ball runs from 6-11pm. Tickets are £20, which includes a two course meal and tea and coffee.

Tickets are available from Panini’s coffee shop, Wisbech’s Sunday Market Cafe and from Shannon on 07543 460025.

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