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Business community rallies to back charity ball

Published on 12/04/16 11:12:am

A number of local businesses are supporting a summer charity ball being held to help raise money for children with cancer.

The ball is being organised by 40-year-old Sudbury man Adrian Stohr, who lost eight stone in less than a year following his father’s death. Mr Stohr, who is taking on the Brighton Marathon at the weekend, just a week prior to taking part in the London Marathon, is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for Children with Cancer UK.

The father-of-three has already raised £7,000 for the charity via taking part in marathons and an earlier charity ball held in 2014. Mr Stohr hopes the second charity ball being held in June at the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, will take the amount he has raised above the £10,000 mark.

A number of local businesses – including Stag and Doe Jewellers, cleaning and maids service Girl Fridays, The Loft restaurant, Wardale Williams opticians, The Comfortable Cow bar, Juniper Flowers, Floors and Snores, Mindbody Performance personal trainers, Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Course and Peake Spa – have now donated prizes to a fundraising raffle being held as part of the evening. The event is already being sponsored by Indigo Ross printers, the Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa and Patrick Lowman PR.

Mr Stohr said: “I have been really touched by the support I have received from the Sudbury business community, the response has been amazing. I have already received a number of prizes from local businesses and several more have indicated they would be willing to donate a prize and I am just waiting for confirmation. These prizes will help us to raise more money on the night.”

Just weeks after his father’s death from a diabetic condition in 2011, Mr Stohr was diagnosed as clinically obese and warned he could die if he didn’t change his lifestyle. The warning sparked Mr Stohr to embark on a punishing exercise and diet schedule which saw him lose eight stone in weight. His remarkable transformation saw him complete the London Marathon in April 2013. Mr Stohr’s story captured the imagination of the media and the BBC has featured his training and fundraising activities on a number of occasions.

“As a father-of-three I decided I wanted to support a children’s charity via my fundraising activities and that is why I support Children with Cancer UK”, he said.

The black tie and posh frocks charity ball is being held on Saturday, June 11 starting at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £55 each or £500 for table of ten. The cost includes a pre-dinner drink, a three course sit down meal and live music from renowned tribute band The Committed. There will also be a raffle and a silent and live auction which is being supported by a number of celebrities.

Picture caption: Adrian Stohr with the charity ball posters and tickets.

To buy tickets or to find out more about the event email Adrian Stohr at Adrian.stohr@sky.com

or telephone 01787 310945 or 07886 587275.

To find out more about Mr Stohr’s incredible story go to www.adysjourney.com

Members of the media needing more information should in the first instance call Patrick Lowman of Patrick Lowman PR on 07792 428555 or by email info@patricklowman.com