Much Hoole dad Paul Mitton honoured at magic charity ball in Leyland

Guests enjoy the entertainment at Leyland Golf Club for a charity ball orgnaised by Joanne Mitton and Vivenne Woods for Sepsis UK
Guests enjoy the entertainment at Leyland Golf Club for a charity ball orgnaised by Joanne Mitton and Vivenne Woods for Sepsis UK
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A golf-themed ball in memory of a loving dad who died of sepsis has raised more than £3,000 for charity.

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Joanne Mitton and Vivienne Woods, who organised the charity ball for Sepsis UK. Photo by Martin Burrows

Joanne Mitton and Vivienne Woods, who organised the charity ball for Sepsis UK. Photo by Martin Burrows

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After Joanne Mitton’s husband Paul died last August, from blood poisoning, she has dedicated her time to raising awareness of the fatal illness, which presents flu-like symptoms.

Knowing the 38-year-old father-of-three was a golf fan, she organised a charity ball with her friend Viv Woods at Leyland Golf Club, in aid of Sepsis UK.

The evening included an auction and entertainment from Paul Goodman Green Magic Circle and singer Louise Wild.

We wanted to raise money and raise awareness of sepsis, as Paul and I didn’t know how important it was to look out for these signs, which are similar to flu

Joanne Mitton

In total, £3,100 was raised.

Joanne, of Much Hoole, who is pictured above, holding a photo of Paul, says: “The ball went really well.

“We wanted to raise money and raise awareness of sepsis, as Paul and I didn’t know how important it was to look out for these signs, which are similar to flu. As a family, we thought the best way to get our message out there was via Facebook.

“We shared Paul’s story and I believe one person who had similar symptoms went to A&E. Luckily they didn’t have sepsis but it is important to get checked out.”

Guests enjoy the entertainment at Leyland Golf Club for a charity ball orgnaised by Joanne Mitton and Vivenne Woods for Sepsis UK

Guests enjoy the entertainment at Leyland Golf Club for a charity ball orgnaised by Joanne Mitton and Vivenne Woods for Sepsis UK

Viv adds: “We decided to run a charity ball to help Joanne and Paul’s family raise awareness and funds for Sepsis UK. Leyland Golf Club was the venue chosen as golf was a vital issue as young Bobby Mitton is a keen golfer as was Paul.

“Martin Burrows, the photographer donated to the charity. Louise Wild was the singer and she donated her services to the event. The night was made magical by the Paul Goodman Green Magic Circle who provided entertainment at a reduced rate.

“They played tricks on the guests and everyone was blown away by their magic.

“The event could not have proceeded without the generosity of the public purchasing raffle prizes and the prizes donated by local companies and public.

Guests enjoy the entertainment at Leyland Golf Club for a charity ball orgnaised by Joanne Mitton and Vivenne Woods for Sepsis UK

Guests enjoy the entertainment at Leyland Golf Club for a charity ball orgnaised by Joanne Mitton and Vivenne Woods for Sepsis UK

“The star prize was a Tommy Fleetwood golf club and signed T-shirt. Graham Smith purchased the T-shirt for Bobby, which was overwhelming as Graham did not know him.

“The Golf club was purchased by the PTFA of Hoole St Michaels and Joanne Mitton for her Bobby.

“The school has donated to the event and the PTFA donated many prizes for the raffle and purchased numerous tickets.”

PICTURES: Martin Burrows

Guests enjoy the entertainment at Leyland Golf Club for a charity ball orgnaised by Joanne Mitton and Vivenne Woods for Sepsis UK

Guests enjoy the entertainment at Leyland Golf Club for a charity ball orgnaised by Joanne Mitton and Vivenne Woods for Sepsis UK