A Hertfordshire family hosted a glamourous ball on Saturday 23 June at Tewin Bury Farm Hotel, Welwyn, and raised thousands for charity Meningitis Research Foundation in memory of James Taylor.
James who was 36 years old and lived in Stotfold with his wife Jade and their children Max (4) and Scarlett (2) sadly passed away very suddenly from meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in June 2017.
The family organised a successful fundraising ball to mark the one year anniversary of James’ passing.
James’ sisters Kim Taylor and Cindy Taylor said, “James was a wonderful family man, friend and colleague who loved life. We wanted to do something big to remember him. He was born in Welwyn Garden City and worked for Cereal Partners UK for 17 years so it seemed only right that we hold the ball in Welwyn. The evening was an amazing success. We couldn’t have hoped for anything better. 350 people attended and money was raised through ticket sales and an auction and raffle on the night. Many of the items included in the auction or raffled were donated by local companies, shops and restaurants. We’re grateful to everyone who came along and helped us to raise these funds for Meningitis Research Foundation.”
Rob Dawson, Director of Support at Meningitis Research Foundation said, “We were saddened to hear about James. Meningitis and septicaemia can strike without warning and can affect people who are otherwise very healthy. We’re grateful to James’ family for raising funds for the charity in his memory. These funds will help us enormously with our vital work including our research, awareness and support programmes.”