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2nd Jun

Red Tie Ball 2014

Our first ball raised over £13,500

We're over the moon to announce that Elliot's Footprint's inaugural Red Tie Ball, thrown to mark what would have been Elliot's fourth birthday raised a staggering £13,555.62. Thank you so much to everybody who came to the event or supported us through sponsorships or donations.

Speaking after the event Elliot's Dad and Chair of Elliot's Footprint John said:

"We're completely overwhelmed by the caring and generous nature of all those people who came out to support us at the ball. Losing our little boy made us feel suddenly so isolated, lonely and confused but people have shown us that we don't have to be alone and that Elliot's legacy of care and compassion will live on through the lives and actions of others.        
Andrea and I thank every single supporter from the bottom of our hearts, for although are hearts are still heavy with grief, Elliot's death now at least has a sense of purpose and his charity has a clear mission to ensure that no family will struggle alone after the sudden loss of a child."
The Red Tie Ball, created as a way to celebrate Elliot's short life, whose favourite colour was red and who loved dancing and being with people, aimed to raise funds and awareness of the plight of bereaved families who are left to cope without adequate help and support. The event was our first public fundraiser.
Mike Tomlinson, well-known charity founder and fundraiser came along and called the event 'tremendous', pledging to give our charity help and support through our growth.
The ball held in the centre of Leeds on 24 May brought together over 150 friends, family, colleagues, professionals and sponsors all dressed in red tie to raise over £13.5K for our cause through activities such as the auctioning of sports memorabilia, event tickets, holidays and much more!
We're currently firming up our plans for development which will help guide where these precious funds will be spent, but we can announce that we're scoping out a detailed research project with bereaved families and we will be working alongside Child Bereavement UK to facilitate some bereavement workshops for school staff this autumn.
We 're such a young charity and we've come so far in such a short period of time, the success of the ball and the support and positive feedback we've had so far has spurred us on and given us even more strength and determination to create a positive legacy in Elliot's name, a legacy that will give heartbroken families hope.
Look out for details of next year's ball coming soon, plus check out our events page (link) for info on our first ever family summer fete taking place on 19 July.