Hundreds to celebrate life of teacher who battled cancer

AN INSPIRATIONAL ­teacher who died in her ­husband's arms is to be honoured at a charity ball in her name.

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A charity ball is to be held to celebrate the life of Denise Sharkey
A charity ball is to be held to celebrate the life of Denise Sharkey

Denise Sharkey, from Giffnock, lost her brave battle with breast cancer in ­October 2012.

The 34-year-old teacher for children with additional learning needs is missed by all whose lives she touched so profoundly - her husband, parents, sister, family, friends and her beloved ­pupils at Hollybrook Academy in Glasgow.

To keep her memory alive and celebrate her life, ­Denise's family and friends are planning a glamorous charity ball to raise funds for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow, where she found solace and peace in her final days.

The ball, hosted by STV weatherman Sean Batty, is to be held at Glasgow's five star Radisson Blu hotel on Thursday, March 13.

Denise's husband John, also a teacher at Hollybrook Academy, said: "Denise was never happier than when she had something to organise.

"From her graduation ball to our wedding, dinner parties, and her class excursion to the set of World War Z, she planned everything meticulously.

"She loved making people happy and a ball in her memory, in aid of such a great cause, is a fitting tribute to such a courageous and beautiful woman."

The ball is expected to be attended by hundreds of people who were inspired by the way Denise bravely fought her illness.

Tickets are priced at £50 and guests will enjoy a champagne reception, three-course meal, a performance by the Hollybrook Academy Choir and live ­entertainment from a top Glasgow band.

Cassie Oliver from the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice said: "We are very honoured to have the support of Denise's family and friends.

"The night promises to be a great success.

"Glasgow's hospice cares for more than 1200 patients and their loved ones every year. Without fundraising like this we would be unable to continue our care."

The organising committee is keen to raise as much money as possible in ­Denise's name.

If you would like to attend or take a table please e-mail denisesharkeyspringball@aol.co.uk or contact Emma Edwards on 07595 636692.

The organisers are also appealing to Glasgow ­businesses for support in the way of raffle prizes or any other support. Raffle prizes already donated ­include a VIP package for T In The Park and signed items from Sir Chris Hoy.

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