Press Ball helping brave Jeremy

YOUNG Jeremy is today looking forward to a life changing addition to his life.

YOUNG Jeremy is today looking forward to a life changing addition to his life.

The 8-year-old has a smile on his face thanks to Disability Care Enterprise (DCE) - the chosen charity of the Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball.

In just a few short week's time Jeremy Kennell, who has cerebral palsy, will be the proud owner of a walker - equipment that will allow him independent movement.

Mum Sara Kennell said: “Jeremy's condition affects his independent mobility and expressive speech. He can walk with assistance but this walker will allow him to choose where he wants to go.


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“He will have independent means of movement.”

Supported by the Press Ball, DCE provides specialist equipment for disabled people across the county. The glamorous ball is the charity's largest fund raising event of the year.

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The £1,200 walker has been partly funded by DCE. Jeremy, who lives with his family in Sutton near Woodbridge, plans to use the walker at Thomas Wolsey School, in Ipswich, where he is a pupil.

Mrs Kennell said: “Equipment like this is expensive. In the past Jeremy has had a standing frame and a car seat with help from DCE. The charity is a lifeline.

“DCE fills the gap between what parents can afford and what they need. We are extremely grateful for the support given to us by DCE and the support given to DCE by the Press Ball.

“This walker is going to make a huge difference to Jeremy's life.”

DCE Director Carolyne Morey said: “Jeremy's story is an excellent example of what DCE is all about. Every penny raised during the Press Ball goes directly to helping those people that need our help.”

Graeme Kalbraier, managing director of Press Ball sponsors Call Connection, said: “DCE is such a deserving cause and a charity close to my heart. Jeremy's story is typical of so many others helped by DCE.

“Over the years I have seen first hand how the Press Ball can change people's lives.”

Star editor Nigel Pickover said: “This story tugs the heart strings and is exactly what the Press Ball is all about, changing the lives of those in our community who need our help.”

Is your company supporting this year's Press Ball? Would you like to raise money for DCE? For more information on how to get involved, call Carolyne Morey on 01473 288885.

INAUGURATED in 1997 by The Evening Star the Ipswich and Suffolk Press Ball has raised more than a quarter of a million pounds for charity.

A dazzling night held at the Hotel Elizabeth, Copdock, the Press Ball attracts the cream of Suffolk society.

And as preparations get underway for this year's fantastic Ice Ball theme, the 2007 event is expected to be the biggest and best yet.

As reported in The Evening Star, organisers have secured the services of heart-throb pop star Tony Hadley in a massive coup for what has become the highlight of the county's social calendar.

The Press Ball catering statistics include 900 baby carrots, 1,650 potatoes, and 100 bottles of champagne to be served by 50 restaurant and bar staff.

1997-£3,000

1998-£6,000

1999-£21,000

2000-£35,000

2001-£33,000

2002-£40,000

2003-£26,000

2004-£31,000

2005-£22,000

2006-£40,000

Total so far-£257,000

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