Mum’s gala raises £130,000 for Children’s Liver Disease Foundation

Kellie Charge, right, is pictured at the Children's Liver Disease Foundation's Transforming Lives dinner with Elena Baltacha, one of the charity's patron
Kellie Charge, right, is pictured at the Children's Liver Disease Foundation's Transforming Lives dinner with Elena Baltacha, one of the charity's patron

A woman who was inspired by her own daughter to join a children’s charity has helped organise an event which raised a staggering £130,000.

Kellie Charge, of Ketton, became involved with the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation when her daughter Lucy, now 11, needed a liver transplant at five months old.

She is now a trustee and every two years helps organise a gala dinner, where 340 guests are treated to a four-course meal with each course designed by a top chef.

This year’s event, which included an auction and talks, raised £130,000 and was held at The Dorchester in London in March. The chefs involved were Benoit Blin, Chris Galvin, Jocelyn Herland and Tom Kitchin.

Kellie, who owns sweet shop As Sweet As in Bath Row, Stamford, said: “It was a fantastic evening and what we raised exceeded all our expectations in the current economic climate.”

The money will be used towards a project called Talk, Tell and Transform, which encourages young adults who have experienced liver disease to talk about the problems on video.

Kellie said: “The project is quite challenging but really rewarding just to hear their experiences.”