Fearne Cotton and Mark Hill help ball raise £10k in Matthew Davidson's memory
A BALL held in honour of a hairdresser who died three months after marrying his sweetheart has raised more than £10,000 for charity.
Matthew Davidson's dying wish was to help the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham.
A charity ball this month has helped to do just that – raising more than £10,000, with money still flooding in.
The ball takes the total raised since his death to £26,000.
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Matthew was a hairdresser to the stars and was well-known in East Yorkshire and around the UK before he died aged 39 after battling Hodgkin's lymphoma.
DJ Fearne Cotton was one of his clients and donated five pieces of clothing to be auctioned at the ball, which was held on March 9 at Lazaat in Cottingham.
Matthew's wife Amy said: "Matthew always said we needed to look after the younger generations, as they are the ones who need the most help.
"We need to raise as much money as possible to keep the unit open so teenagers can be treated locally instead of having to travel to Leeds or further.
"We are so lucky to have such a great facility in East Yorkshire and it needs as much support as possible to continue."
About 250 people attended the event, including Amy, Matthew's family and his friend and colleague Mark Hill.
Amy said: "Mark was one of his best friends so it was brilliant he was able to come.
"We even had friends over from as far as Australia."
Amy organised a ball in Matthew's memory last year.
She said: "The first one was a case of 'lets see how it goes' but it was such a success we had to do it again. I've already booked next year's for March 1."
Matthew died in July 2010 at Castle Hill Hospital.
He was a partner at the renowned Mark Hill Salon in Kirk Ella and was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in January 2009.
He fought the rare cancer for two-and-a-half years, realising his dream to marry Amy in April 2011.
They had been due to marry in June, but brought the service forward to April because of Matthew's illness.
They wed at St Andrew's Church in Kirk Ella in front of more than 100 guests.
Amy said: "We still haven't got all the money in from the ball but we know it will be in excess of £10,000. That takes our total up to circa £26,000.
"But we're not going to stop there – I'm sure we'll hit £30,000 before the end of the year."