Auction promises for Rhona's Ball

Rhona Damant, 45, developed breast cancer six years ago and now had secondary, inoperable tumours in her lungs, liver, brain and spine.

Rhona Damant, 45, developed breast cancer six years ago and now had secondary, inoperable tumours in her lungs, liver, brain and spine.

This is my column, which is this week purely dedicated to those who have given in many ways to help the Breast Cancer UK Charity Forget-me-not Ball raise funds so that further research can be carried out in the hope that one day we will find the "Prevention" of this deadly disease that breaks families apart.

As we did last year we are going to open the auction up to those who will not be joining us on the evening to invite them to send sealed bids to my home address.

AND now starts the very BIG THANK YOUS - these are not in any particular order... wonderful organization skills as usual!


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Margaret and Adrian; Mr C C Hughes MBE; Tracy and Matt Foster and Jon-Simon Hairdressing Stowmarket; Fairy Dinah; Mandy Byham; Terry and Maureen, Glemsford; Yvonne and Brian Everitt; Jenny Pilgrim; Matthew Johnson; and many other anonymous monetary donations.

Winch & Blatch, Sudbury; Perfect Scents, Attleborough; Paula Barry; Drage & Tozer, Sudbury; D-Fine Hairdressers, Sudbury; Thorntons Chocolates, Ipswich and Colchester; Quest Bury St Edmund's; Hoggs of Lavenham; Lloyds TSB, Sudbury; Neal's Yard Remedies, London; Marlow's DIY, Bury St Edmund's; East of England Coop; Volvo Cars, Bury St Edmund's; Talking Tables; Helen Brown Organics; Hydra; Enamore; Black Tiles, Martlesham; Collins Skip Hire, Ipswich; Swallow Belstead Brook Hotel; David Taylor Martlesham Leisure; The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge; The Natural Store; The White T-shirt Co; Natural Collection; Green Cuisine; Café Direct, Associated British Ports, Ipswich; Faith in Nature; Green Eyed Frog, Stowmarket; The Roast & Post Coffee Company; By Nature; Goodness Direct; People Tree; Liz Earle; Cookmate; Tree 2 My Door; JC Regali: Tootsies restaurants; Colchester Zoo; Body Shop Bury St Edmund's; REN; Jimmy Doherty (Jimmy's Farm); Harwich Pier Hotel; Volvo Trucks; Anne Johnson; Cuddly Wheaties; The Summerhouse, Monks Eleigh.

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AUCTION PRIZES - sealed bids invited:

Meet Ronan Keating at Newmarket (donated by Andrea and Sam)

Tottenham Hotspurs signed football (The Heller Family)

A night at Hintlesham Hall, staying in a prestigious room, with champagne dinner and full English breakfast for two.

The top-voted deck chair of the summer with package of organic suntan lotion (Rosablue and the Green people)

10 personal trainer sessions (Matt Brennan, EADT columnist)

Motorola gsm v3 razr phone (BT)

Two tickets for recording of Jonathon Ross show.

Organic lush white organic bathrobe and bottle of pure wine (Greenfibres and Pure Wine)

Gorgeous Teddy Bear (Actually Bears by Jackie, Stowmarket)

18 Hole on championship course for four (Benton Hall)

Box of wine (Malcolm Unwin)

Hamper of 22 Disney pc cd games (Charlie Unwin UB Soft)

Tickets for two people at the London shows:

Blood Brothers

Stomp

Woman in Black

Footloose

Two tickets for the London Eye (all donated by Last minute.com)

Charlie Haylock - his famous Suffolk book, signed.

The best fairy wings you will ever find (Fairy Love)

'Whistle' sparkle top (size L) as worn by Lorraine Kelly GMTV.

Organic food hamper (Infinity foods)

Large black Labrador (Not real!) and Canine Cookie Organic Hamper (Rachel Barwick & Canine Cookie Co)

A huge hamper of organic skin products (Spiezia)

Family season ticket (Easton Farm Park)

Signed Barry Gibb CD (Sam)

Wheelbarrow full of goodies - skilsaw, skildriver, masterplug, clip on fan and loctite (Jewsons)

Box of six wine (MSC Shipping)

Everything you need to keep a car in tip top condition (HB Commercial)

Spa Day for two people (Dunston Hall)

For any Cornwall holidaymakers, tickets for the Eden Project also a scuba exploration at the Dolphin Marine Conservation.

For budding journalists (16-18 approx) a day at Sky television watching breaking news, making your own report to follow up at the end of the day.

Spa leisure day at The Sanctuary.

Goodmans 6w portable CD/Radio/cassette player (Port of Felixstowe)

Tea for two and a tour of Parliament - Baroness Scott

Specialised pieces of Art:

Joy Pirkle, mixed media A view of Ickworth

Jennifer Mackay Windle, pastel still life Bowl of cherries, bantam eggs and pink rose

Alison Englefield, watercolour The Learner A painting of positive thought and support. Alison is the resident artist at the Crooked House Gallery in Lavenham (01787 247865) www.artwaves.co.uk to view the other 8 pictures of the Flying Ladies of St Just (also available are cards and prints).

Trinity lighthouse, a framed print of The Needles

I need to apologise to all of those I have forgotten to mention. As you know I am the person with the extraordinary memory but often need help from my friend. Now, as HRH has been sunning herself, drinking champagne and refusing to get out of her jacuzzi to answer her phone, this has been a hard one to try to remember everything which has been donated - the thing is all the prizes are in her spare bedroom which makes it an even more impossible task! By next week I will have the full list in front of me!!

Apart from all the above "thank yous" there is a very special one which I need to make and that is to a very new friend Allistair Pryke (of chocolate rabbit fame). Quite honestly, without him a very high proportion of the above local prizes wouldn't exist. As he is still working on this new job of his I can guarantee that the list will be even longer next week!

Now before I go I have some fantastic news about the 15th. Ickworth West Wing have very kindly donated the Pimms reception to us and, with sponsorship also coming our way, this has done wonders to our many costs so we are able to tell you all that we can now charge £55 for each ticket - pretty good, don't you think, for a glamorous night on the tiles and making money too!

8 Whitehall Close, Great waldingfield, Sudbury CO10 0XU

rhonadamant@btinternet.com

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