Luton youngster to mix with the stars at glitzy Ball
Ganaya Parmer, from North Luton, in Bedfordshire, will experience the full glare of the media spotlight next week when she attends one of the most prestigious fundraising events in the UK.
The 10-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, a condition that stiffens the muscles and restricts mobility, will be a special guest at Caudwell Children’s annual Butterfly Ball, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair, London, on Thursday 13th June, 2019.
Caudwell Children is a national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families. The Butterfly Ball is its annual, flagship, fundraising event.
Sir Bruce Forsyth, Rod Stewart, Simon Cowell, Joan Collins, and Sarah, Duchess of York, have been among the 800 guests at previous events and last year’s glamorous fundraiser raised over £1.5million for the charity.
This year’s Ball, hosted by long-standing Caudwell Children ambassador Peter Andre, will culminate in live performances by Chaka Khan, the ten-time GRAMMY Award winning singer and songwriter, and Leona Lewis, the British singing sensation and winner of The X Factor who has sold over 20 million records worldwide.
Due to her condition Ganaya is unable to ride a standard bicycle and has been a disappointed onlooker when her family and friends have enjoyed bike rides around the local area.
But thanks to dedicated fundraising support from Caudwell Children, Ganaya’s parents were able to buy a specialist tricycle, costing over £1,214 that enabled her to join in the fun too.
Ganaya is one of six lucky beneficiaries of the charity who have been invited to the Ball and her mum Jayshree, aged 42, says she’s extremely excited about attending the event. As she explained: “She’s had her hair cut and styled and she can’t wait to walk up the red carpet.
“We went shopping for dresses during the recent Bank Holiday and she’s really looking forward to meeting Leona Lewis at a private meet and greet before she takes to the stage.”
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, says that she’s delighted that Ganaya will be attending this year’s Butterfly Ball. As she explained: “She underwent an operation six years ago to increase her mobility and she’s been determined to improve her condition since then.
“She’s incredibly active and strong willed and has been attending regular physiotherapy sessions along with dance and yoga classes.
“The trike will allow Ganaya to have lots of fun but it will also assist with her rehabilitation as it will strengthen her leg muscles and improve her core strength.
“But after all her hard work since the operation we wanted to treat her to something that she will remember for the rest of her life.
“I’m sure that she will be happy posing and chatting on the ‘Red Carpet’ with stars from the world of music, sport, film and television. It’s going to be a great night for her.”
Proceeds from the event will be used to transform the lives of disabled children living in the UK through a range of services. Since 2000 the charity has provided over £40 million worth of support to over 40,000 children with over 650 conditions.
You can find out more about the Butterfly Ball and buy a ticket here.