Cousins from Royston to throw 'ladies night' fundraiser for stillbirth charity Sands

PUBLISHED: 08:31 16 September 2016

Candice Bradley is organising a ladies-only fundraiser for Sands charity.

Candice Bradley is organising a ladies-only fundraiser for Sands charity.

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Two cousins from Royston are throwing a ladies-only fundraiser to promote the town's businesses, and raise money for a charity which supports families affected by stillbirth and neo-natal death.

Stacey Graves is organising a ladies-only  fundraiser for Sands charity.Stacey Graves is organising a ladies-only fundraiser for Sands charity.

Make up saleswoman Candice Bradley has teamed up with Stacey Graves to organise the adults-only event for the charity Sands.

“Sands helped one of my best friends and her husband through an awful time in their lives and they have done fundraising for the charity themselves, but I wanted to do my bit to help too,” said Candice.

“We want to raise money for this amazing charity to help be a voice for them.”

Candice, who lives with postman boyfriend Lewis and their 17-month-old son Lucas in Royston, is hoping the event will help raise awareness of the cause while helping out small businesses.

“Since organising this event, it’s come to light how many people have been through such traumatic experiences but did not know that the charity existed,” said the 30-year-old.

“Royston town centre is looking very sparse. There are too many empty stores – we want to help local businesses to get the town thriving again!”

Support worker Stacey Graves, 23, has lived in Royston all her life, and has the support of her electrical engineer boyfriend Ben.

There will be something for everyone at the event with retail and beauty stalls, including those selling Younique make up, Ann Summers products, and clothes, jewellery, handbags, sweets, forever nails and candles from businesses in the area, as well as a medium and much more.

Half of the proceeds from the night will go towards Sands North Herts, with the remaining money going to the national charity which offers support and information to families of babies who die before, during or soon after birth.

The North Herts branch covers the Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit at Lister Hospital in Stevenage, and most of their meetings are held in Baldock and Letchworth.

“We are holding a raffle on the night and have many amazing prizes that have been donated by businesses around Royston,” said Candice.

“Anyone is welcome to pop along and have a pamper, so please come along.”

The ‘ladies night out’ will take place on Friday, September 30, at the Royston Royal British Legion from 7.30pm.

Candice and Stacey have asked if anyone wants to join in or donate, to contact them and help support the charity.

Any firms that wish to donate a prize will have their business card, catalogue, or flyer put up for all to see on a board on display throughout the night.

If you want to donate to the evening or would like to find out more call Candice on 07523 472564 or email candicenlucas@outlook.com.

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