Father holds ball in daughter’s name for Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

Matt Davies with Scarlett | Scarlett Ball, Rochdale Town Hall, Saturday 2 July 2016A father from Rochdale is organising a ball in aid of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which ‘filled a hole’ for his family when his daughter’s undiagnosed illness left her unable to speak, or move.

Matt Davies is holding the Scarlett Ball, named after his five-year-old daughter Scarlett, in Rochdale Town Hall, on Saturday 2 July. He hopes the event will raise £10,000 to be split between Rainbow Trust, which supports families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness, and When you Wish Upon A Star.

Matt’s daughter Scarlett, was two when she was rushed to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital with breathing problems. She woke up after eight weeks in intensive care unable to move, walk or speak and had to learn these skills again. Over the next year, Scarlett had chemotherapy and countless visits to hospital. Her illness leaves her susceptible to bacterial and viral infections and her condition remains undiagnosed.

Nurses referred Scarlett’s family to Rainbow Trust and they were assigned to Linda, a Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker. Linda spent time with the family providing support for the whole family, including for her siblings Cara and Lucy.

Matt said: “Linda helped my wife Kay and I massively when Scarlett first came out of hospital and had to have treatment. Knowing someone is there to help you through horrible situations, and to be with Scarlett, you can’t put a price on it.

When you’re coming out of hospital, dealing with something like this there’s a hole. You really don’t know who fills it. Rainbow Trust filled part of it for us.

The sell-out black tie event, with scarlet accessories, includes a Champagne reception, four-course meal, entertainment disco and auction. Rochdale Mayor, Cllr Ray Dutton, will be attending. Among items to be auctioned are an Anthony Martial signed shirt with full authenticity from Old Trafford.

Emma Haines, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Rainbow Trust, said: “Matt’s support of Rainbow Trust through organising the Scarlett Ball is absolutely fantastic and we would like to thank him and his family. We have a care team covering Manchester and the Greater Manchester area and these vital funds will help us to support more families like the Davies.

Matt has already raised over £1,200 from people unable to attend the ball and is encouraging people to continue donating via

Rainbow Trust is a national charity with nine teams of Family Support Workers across England. It offers emotional and practical support for the whole family; from their child’s diagnosis, during treatment and, if needed, through bereavement and beyond. It relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and thanks to its generous supporters helps over 2,000 families in England.

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