Valentine tribute to pair’s loved mother
9:20am Friday 15th February 2013 in By Katie Bond, @SwindonAdver007
BROTHER and sister Bryce and Simone Chamberlain paid a special Valentine’s Day tribute yesterday to their mother who died of cancer in October.
The teenagers organised a Valentine’s Ball which was held last night at Isambard Community School in Redhouse, where they are both students.
All proceeds from the event, which was a huge success with tickets sold out weeks in advance, will be donated to Prospect Hospice.
Bryce, 13, and Simone, 14, decided to organise the ball after their mum Shelley lost her battle with cancer at the age of just 41.
She had been cared for at the hospice in the weeks before her death.
Aspiring singer Simone opened the show with an impressive rendition of Skyfall, performed alongside music teacher Nathan Jones and His All Stars Jazz Band.
There was also a two-course dinner and an auction. Prizes include an expedition to Snowdonia for five people, paintballing vouchers, a Chelsea football shirt signed by the first team and a week’s accommodation for six in Playa de Bellreguard on the Costa al Azhar.
Academic mentor Helen Boddy praised Simone and Bryce for the work they put in to organising the event alongside their school work.
She said: “The last year of Shelley’s life was very difficult. She spent so much time having treatment and it was a very difficult time for the whole family.
“They wanted to do something right from the beginning so they came to us, and we decided to do a Valentine’s Ball. They were a bit nervous at first but they have worked so hard on it.”
Prospect Hospice community fundraiser Amy Francombe said: “I first met with Helen, Simone and Bryce in November last year to discuss how we could support them with the event, but between them they had pretty much sorted everything.
“They did a fantastic job of securing a venue and catering for free and designing some brilliant posters and tickets.
“With all this and free entertainment from The Nathan Jones All Star Jazz Band,offered by music teacher Nathan, I could tell the event would be a success.
“It was lovely to see these two help to make something so special happen, and all in tribute to their mother – it truly is inspirational.
“Shelley’s husband Lee also played a great part toward the success of the event by selling tickets and sourcing some great auction prizes.”