‘Madness and Mayhem is encouraged’ at Chester Ball, Saturday 13 October


Music lovers and party-goers across Cheshire, Manchester, Shropshire, North Wales and Wirral are urged to dress up and party on down while helping to raise funds for two spinal injury charities at Chester’s Mad Hatter's Ball on Saturday 13 October. The ball starting at 7pm and ending at 1am will be held in Chester’s stunning ‘gothic’ Town Hall. It is a black tie event but party-goers are encouraged to embrace the Mad Hatter theme. Like the previous flamboyant Moulin Rouge Ball in 2016, the event is open to all and guests can expect the unexpected. Tickets cost £55 per ticket with tables of 10 receiving a £5 discount per person. Reduced price tickets (£36) are available for 16-21 year olds. Tickets can be bought directly from info@aardvaker.com or via https://madhattersballchester2018.eventbrite.com

Tickets include a welcome drink, three-course dinner, live music, raffle, silent auction plus more events on the night. The now bi annual ball is the brainchild of Chester mum and Marketing Cheshire Events Manager, Leonie Hallam, whose son Mathew* suffered devastating injuries after being hit by a car in late 2014. Mathew received life-changing injuries and is paralysed from the chest down.

Proceeds from the ball are divided between the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF), a charity that focuses on research into spinal injuries, and The Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (RJAH) in Gobowen, Oswestry, where Mathew was treated.

Leonie Hallam, from Waverton, Chester, said: “Anyone who enjoys a great night out together with delicious food, brilliant live music and lots of dancing will love this spectacular black-tie event. Maybe it will be the excuse to meet up to celebrate a birthday or just get together with friends. Whatever the reason, it promises to be a great night out. Though the dress code is black tie, we welcome anyone who wants to embrace the ‘Mad Hatter’ theme. This is about celebrating life and having fun while raising much-needed cash for two great causes.”

Katrina Michel, CEO of Marketing Cheshire, said: “Leonie is a professional event organiser with years of experience. She has flair and style and this ball promises to be as exciting as her last, where personal video messages were broadcasted to the audience from Star Trek actor Simon Pegg and Joseph Fiennes of The Handmaid's Tale. Leonie is keeping her cards close to her chest for The Mad Hatter’s Ball, but I know guests can expect the unexpected.”

Mary Watkins, Specialist Psychological Rehabilitation Practitioner, Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (based in Oswestry) said: “I was fortunate to attend the Moulin Rouge Ball held last year. It was one of the best organised functions that I have been privileged to attend for a long time, the attention to detail was not left to chance. Individuals had embraced the ‘Moulin Rouge’ theme with some brilliant costumes on show, which added to the overall fun of the evening. If last year’s Ball is anything to go by anyone attending is in for a real treat at the 'Mad Hatters' Ball this year”.

Mike Milner, CEO of the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (based in Stoke) said: “I was delighted to attend the Moulin Rouge Ball in 2016 which was great fun and full of entertainment. We are extremely honoured to have Leonie as a supporter of the charity and are grateful that she hosts these fantastic events to raise money and spread awareness about spinal cord injury. The money raised goes towards funding ground-breaking research, in the hope that paralysis from spinal cord injury will some day be a thing of the past.”


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Mathew’s story

In late 2014, Mathew Evans suffered devastating injuries and was paralysed from the chest down after being hit by a car when walking along a country road in North Wales.

Mathew was overwhelmed by the dedication, compassion and expertise of the staff at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital in Gobowen, near Oswestry, where he spent four months convalescing.

To help raise funds and to say thank you to those that helped save her son's life, Mathew’s mother, Leonie Hallam, from Waverton, Chester, aligned herself to the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (NSIF), a charity that focuses on research into spinal injuries, and The Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (RJAH) in Gobowen, Oswestry, where Mathew was treated.

She has since organised two successful charity balls at the Doubletree Hilton, the most recent being the Moulin Rouge Ball in 2016 with £7500 raised and is now hosting a third, The Mad Hatter’s Ball, at Chester Town Hall.

Mathew's story has been an inspiration to many who have suffered a similar fate, as a specially adapted tractor enabled him to return to his vocation as an agricultural contractor.

The innovative lift design became a reality thanks to engineer Andrew Stubbs who went on to win British Farming Awards Machinery Innovator of the Year 2015.

Mathew farms in Bodfari, North Wales, with his wife Elinor and their young son, Jac.

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