Kedington student Laura Roach is organising a charity casino night with the help of her former Haverhill school friends.
For 23-year-old Laura it’s a big step towards the £1,500 she has pledged to raise for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a charity which carries out researches into the life-shortening health condition.
In September, Laura hopes to raise the bulk of the money from an endurance event she is taking part in called the Thames Path Challenge in Surrey. She’ll be walking along the route of the River Thames for 25 kilometres.
Laura, of Risbridge Drive, is planning to walk with her sister Lauren, 24, family friend Simon Clinch, and her uncle Paul Morris, who runs the butcher’s shop in Kedington.
In the meantime, she is hoping people will support her casino evening at the nightclub Bar Vu in Jubilee Walk, Haverhill, on June 5.
The former Samuel Ward Academy pupil is supporting the Cystic Fibrosis charity in memory of a family with the condition who touched her heart.
She said: “I used to work for a travel insurance company in Cambridge which specialised in organising travel insurance for people with medical conditions.
“I remember this family - the mother and two children - all had the condition. It’s a progressive disease which shortens people’s lives and I remember they were trying to organise their last holiday as a family to Spain,” she said.
“Dealing with this family and their plight really touched me so that was why I decided to raise money for the charity.
“We did manage to get them insured but it wasn’t cheap. It was nice to think they were able to go on holiday all together,” added Laura.
Her Haverhill school friends are helping her to organise the event after Laura was inspired to do “something different that hasn’t been done before” in the town.
As well as chancing their luck at the casino table, Laura has organised for people to try chocolate and cupcakes on sale from stalls. The event runs from 7.30pm until 10pm.
There’s also a raffle with prizes from businesses including Timpsons Haverhill, Enigma Day Spa, Cineworld, Legoland and a Manchester United football shirt signed by Adnan Januzaj.
Tickets, price £3.50, are available on the night or in advance from Kedington Butchers or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org