Masquerade fun for charity with music, food and special auction

Two friends are paying back to charities close to their hearts next week with a masquerade ball in Kirkcudbright.

Susan Parker and Angela Micthell have both benefitted from their chosen charities after personal experiences.

Now, the pair hope to raise plenty to pay back to MS Society and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Susan, 32, a former Douglas Ewart pupil who used to live in the Machars and is now in Castle Douglas, suffered from colon cancer in 2011 and Angela suffers from MS.

Susan explained why she chose to pay back to Macmillan: “When I was told in 2011 I had cancer, my life felt like a blur. I was in hospital for a month.

“All this time I couldn’t see my kids. While all this was going on my husband, Steven Kyle Parker and kids, were helped through everything by Macmillan. Benefits advice, heating grants and side effects to name a few. They helped my kids come to terms with things and ease their minds as well as chat things over with me.

“I wasn’t sure whether to tell my kids - Stewart was only 8, Andrew 6, Robbie 2 and Katie 10 months. The Macmillan nurse brought books and helped explain things in an appropriate way, there were no awkward questions and they accepted everything.

“I still see my Macmillan nurse from time to time, we have a blether and a coffee and I know she’ll be there to help talk things through if I need her. Without them we would’ve been lost.”

There will be a Mr and Mrs game and will be auctioning off bachelors with dates for the winners. There will also be a raffle and other games.

Tickets cost £25 and include a glass of bubbly on arrival, buffet, live entertainment by The Florintines and a professional photographs by In The Lens Photography.

Dress code is black tie and kilts are welcome.Masquerade masks can bought and personalised from Flair in Castle Douglas with a £1 donation per mask going to the charities.

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