Fundraising birthday ball for A-T Society

The 21st birthday ball raised �3500
The 21st birthday ball raised �3500

A Stonehaven girl and her family have raised £3500 for the Ataxia-Telangiectasia Society by having a fundraising birthday party.

Nicole Matthew, who passed away in February 2012, suffered from the rare genetic condition Ataxia-Telangiectasia, a progressive neurological disorder that affects only three in a million children worldwide.

The 21st birthday ball raised �3500

The 21st birthday ball raised �3500

Her twin, Natalie, decided that instead of having a normal 21st birthday party she would have a ball and fundraise for the A-T Society.

Natalie and her family sold tickets for the ball, took part in a ‘slave for the day’ event and had raffle tickets which sold more than 2000 in just over two weeks.

The ball was held at Stonehaven Bowling Club and raised a total amount of £3500.

Natalie’s mum, Julie Matthew, said: “It was absolutely amazing the help we got from everyone. The raffle tickets were quite widespread - we wanted to raise £3000 and to get £3500 has been fantastic.

“Nicole would of been very proud as she always loved helping, and the society helped her so much.”

The society was formed in 1989 and aims to improve quality of life and quality of care for people living with A-T while actively promoting research to lengthen lives and ultimately bring about a cure.