Hi we are Nicola and Ian Richardson and Alexander's Charity Ball all started in 2010
Our first annual Charity Ball was held in February 2011 at Tankersley Manor Hotel Near Barnsley in memory of our son Alexander who died suddenly and unexpectedly in February 2007
Alexander was a happy, healthy and very cheeky 17 month old so his death caused my family untold heartache as well as complete confusion...How does a healthy baby go to bed full of beans and not wake up the next morning?
I would like an answer to this question and whilst there are none forthcoming at the moment, with continued research I hope that someone, someday will be able to help me. Without money however this vital research is not able to commence so in the May following Alexander's passing we joined a local walk in memory of our son and other babies lost to SIDS to raise money for The Lullaby Trust and from there every May I have organised our own 'Mile in Memory' to coincide with lots of National miles as part of the charity's Save a Baby Month.
The walks are fabulous and we always have a great turnout but, I felt that there were lots of walks, runs, cycle rides and other such fabulous events being endured across the country for many wonderful charities and we are all being asked to dig deep and sponsor as much as we can. I figured that eventually pockets might run dry, so I wanted to do something a little different.
I could never have envisioned 10 years ago what this night would become to me and so many people, it's part of their social calendar and seems set to grow and grow. In this ever growing world of charities it's important that we keep plugging away at fundraising and it's no easy task but it's more than worth it when we tot up the amount we've raised and we find out exactly how that will go to help families within Yorkshire.
The last 10 years have been an epic journey for us from a feeling of desolation and despair came something so positive, we are so proud of Alexander's Charity Ball and all that we've acheived in the 6 years we've hosted the event.
The night is not possible without so much generosity and it still blows me away at what people are prepared to do for charity and especially for us but I am sad to say that our 10th Anniversary ball will be our last for a while. We'd like to re-gather and re-focus and whilst we will still be fundraising they will be on smaller events but fear not Alexander's Charity Ball will return in a few years.
We are stunned at what we've been able to achieve in the 10 years since we lost Alexander and it's a fitting legacy for the Son who will never get the chance to grow up and choose his own path in life.
Thank You for your help
Please read on through the site and contact us if you feel you are able to help us in anyway, every single bit,whether you think it's big or small is a massive help to us to create a future for our chosen charity, The Lullaby Trust.