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Young people with cancer will be given a chance to enjoy quality time with their families thanks to the efforts of a financial management firm.

The team from Smith Eliot Financial Management hosted a sparkling social night at Oakham Castle in support of The Harley Staples Cancer Trust.

The charity was set up by Whissendine couple Katherine and Jamie Staples following the death of their son Harley from leukaemia.

Katherine and Jamie Staples All photos: Lee Hellwing
Katherine and Jamie Staples All photos: Lee Hellwing

It provides free holidays for young cancer patients and their families at a caravan in Norfolk and holiday lodge at Rutland Water.

Smith Eliot’s practice manager Simone Harley said: “It’s a really worthwhile charity to support and wasn’t very well known in Rutland because the family were originally from Leicester.”

The evening was funded entirely by Smith Eliot so every penny raised went to the charity.

It included canapés, drinks, a raffle, auction and entertainment by singer Matt Bankhurst.

The event raised £5,400 and the firm’’s parent company St James’ Place has agreed to add another £5,000 to the total. Simone added: “We had a really great evening and I’m thrilled with the amount we raised.”

Katherine and Jamie Staples with friends and family at a charity event
Katherine and Jamie Staples with friends and family at a charity event

The money raised will go towards the running costs of Harley’s House in Norfolk.

Harley’s mum Katherine said: “The Smith Eliot team went to so much trouble and it was a really lovely evening.

“Ten thousand pounds is a huge amount to us. As a small charity it takes so long to be able to raise that kind of money so we really appreciate everything Smith Eliot has done for us.”

Stephen Smith, Lisa Smith, Vicki King and Simone Harley from Smith Eliot at their fundraising event
Stephen Smith, Lisa Smith, Vicki King and Simone Harley from Smith Eliot at their fundraising event

The charity’s lodge at Rutland Water has just received a garden make-over thanks to a donation from Gates Nurseries at Cold Overton and the support of volunteers who cleared some weeds. It is now ready for visitors over Christmas.

The charity still has space for visitors in December. Families who have a child with cancer or those who have lost a child to cancer qualify for a holiday. To find out more visit www.harleystaples.co.uk

The charity is hosting its own annual Christmas fundraising event this weekend at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.



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