12-year-old campaigner to hold glitzy charity Ball
A 12-year-old disabled girl, from Pontypridd, is to hold a glitzy charity ball to raise funds for a children’s charity.
Mia Thorne, who has cerebral palsy, decided that she wanted to raise funds for Caudwell Children, one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, after it ran a series of short break activity days that she attended.
Having been inspired by the support that she received from Caudwell Children, Mia agreed to become an ambassador for them and immediately set about raising awareness of the charity.
But now the Ponty High School pupil, who is also an enthusiastic campaigner on issues around accessibility, has stepped up her support of the charity and, along with her 17-year-old sister Megan, has organised the Masquerade Ball, which will be held on the 1st June 2019, at the Park Plaza Hotel, in Cardiff.
“I’ve had a great time taking part in Caudwell Children’s activity days,” explained Mia. “I’ve attended a sports day with Jamie Baulch, the Olympic silver medal sprinter, I’ve watched a polo match at the Royal Polo Club in Windsor, I’ve been rock climbing and I’ve even done some judo.
“I’m really proud to be an ambassador and I’ve loved speaking to other children who use a wheelchair like me.”
Mia and Megan, who is studying A Levels at Ponty High School, approached Peter Karrie, the Welsh singer who played the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical The Phantom of the Opera, in London, Toronto, Vancouver, Singapore and Hong Kong and he kindly agreed to perform at the Ball.
They then secured the services of Paul Sullivan, of Cardiff Devils fame, as PA announcer for the evening before booking the venue, choosing the three course menu, selecting the entertainment and finding auction items for the event.
Mia’s mum, Karene, is justifiably proud of her daughter’s efforts. As she explained: “They’ve done brilliantly well and even though Mia has her own disability, which affects her mobility, it doesn’t stop her from doing anything that she wants to do.
“She puts her all into everything and is really hard-working, determined and committed, once she makes her mind up that she wants to do something.
“I’m so proud of her and her sister today.”
The Masquerade Ball is a black tie event and the evening will see guests treading the red carpet before enjoying a drinks reception on arrival.
Mia, who is a huge fan of Little Mix and Ariana Grande says it’s going to be a fabulous night. She said: “I’m so excited as there will be a disco playing all my favourite music and Motorpoint Arena Cardiff has agreed to donate some concert tickets. I can’t wait to find out who they’re for.”
Megan is pleased with the level of interest in the Ball so far. “We hope to sell 150 tickets and we’ve already sold 50,” she explained. “Jamie Baulch’s auction company, Bid Aid, will also be attending so there should be some fantastic auction prizes up for grabs and we’re hoping that will encourage more ticket sales.”
Tickets are priced at £55 per person. However, you can purchase a table of 10 for £450 if you buy your tickets by February 1st, 2019.
“The charity have been brilliant in helping me to get out of the house and have some fun so I want to raise money for them so that they can support more children like me,” concluded Mia.
To secure a ticket for the Masquerade Ball ring Karene Thorne on 07532 491852 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org