A young Ribble Valley businesswoman has got her business off to a flying start by organising a charity ball that raised the fantastic total of £9,000.
Sophie Spencer wanted to showcase her business, Fussy Events, and she did it in style by organising a Great Gatsby themed ball which raised the money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. This will now be Sophie’s chosen charity for any future fund raising as she was so impressed with the work they do.
Sophie, who is 25, said: “The charity helps young people with cancer to live normal lives as teenagers, doing all the typical things that they do such as listening to music and being on social media.
“The charity provides those items for them along with their own rooms in hospitals so they can just be themselves. The more I found out about the work the charity does the more I wanted to help.’’
The glittering 1920s themed Gatsby night was held at Stanley House Hotel in Mellor and included a champagne reception for 120 guests with a three course neal, a dance display and music by the Casblanca Steps band. A grand raffle saw the winner presented with a magnum of champagne.
Sophie said: “I wanted to showcase what I can do with my first event and also raise some money for a good cause.’’ Working from her home in Whalley Sophie, a former pupil of Stonyhurst College, completed a Business Studies degree at Leeds Metropolitan University before she went to work for Sofaworks, formerly CSL. Sophie discovered that she excelled so much at organising parties and events for the company that family and friends starting requesting her to arrange celebrations for them.
It was then she came up with the idea of setting up her own business and Fussy Events was launched seven months ago. Sophie’s order book is already filling up and she is hoping to eventually employ staff.
She said: “I want each event I organise to offer something unique so that people do not instantly recognise it is something that has been done by me.’’