Charity receives £130,000 thanks to Cheshire couple

A Cheshire couple has presented a cheque for £130,000 to national charity, Caudwell Children, following a glamorous fundraising event in the grounds of their home.

Dawn Ward and Trudi Beswick Dawn Ward and Trudi Beswick

Dawn and Ashley Ward from Great Warford, near Alderley Edge, raised the impressive sum by staging the Crème de la Crème Ball in September last year.

The money raised from the star-studded event will be used to provide practical and emotional support for disabled children and their families living across the North West.

“Caudwell Children is a cause very close to our hearts; our children mean everything to us and we know just how lucky we are to have them. If we can do anything to help families less fortunate than ourselves then we will gladly do so.” said Dawn.

Staged annually since 2009, the Crème de la Crème Ball was founded following the premature birth of Dawn and Ashley’s fourth child, Aston, who subsequently contracted meningitis.

“For a short time Ashley and I experienced the gut wrenching feeling when there is something seriously wrong with your child. We were lucky and Aston made a full recovery but it gave me an insight into a world I didn’t even know existed and we both knew we had to do something to help the families who weren’t as fortunate as us. The Crème de la Crème Ball is our way of saying thank you to the people who helped us during that time and using our network of friends and business contacts to help as many other families as possible.”

Last year’s Crème de la Crème Ball was the most successful event to date and attracted high profile guests and celebrities from across the region including Coleen Rooney, Alex Gerrard and Coronation Street actress, Kym Marsh.

Trudi Beswick, chief executive of Caudwell Children, said: “Dawn and Ashley’s enthusiasm for the charity is truly inspirational and they have put their heart and soul into this event. The money they have raised will help improve the lives of disabled children from across the North West and have a lasting impact on the local community.”

Upon handing the money over, Dawn also announced that this year’s event would take place in the grounds of Warford Hall on Saturday 13th September with funds once again being raised for Caudwell Children.

“Never before have I come across a charity so passionate about ensuring every penny donated is used as efficiently as possible. Trudi and the team at Caudwell Children work tirelessly to help as many disabled children as possible and my family and I are delighted to support them again this year.” added Dawn.

Caudwell Children was founded in 2000 and since that time has raised over £30million to provide life-changing support for thousands of disabled children living in the UK.

For more information about Caudwell Children visit for ticket and table sales for this year’s Crème


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