A COUPLE whose young son died after contracting a rare blood disease are organising a charity ball in his memory.

Tracey and James Metcalfe’s four-year-old son Guy was in remission from leukaemia when he was diagnosed with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), and died in October 2015.

Guy, who lived in Malton, was diagnosed with T-Cell leukaemia in August in 2014 and had undergone intensive chemotherapy.

The couple have since helped to raises thousands of pounds for the children’s cancer charity Candlelighters. Events have included charity bike rides, golf days and a glitter ball two years ago which raised more than £8,000. Tracey said: “Following on from the very successful glitter ball which our friend Kate Hardstaff held in January 2016, we have now organised the spring ball in memory of our wonderful son Guy.

“The theme of the decorations for this year’s ball is based around orange gerberas as this was Guy’s favourite colour, and Guy’s love of Scooby Doo will, of course, be also remembered throughout the evening.

“There are still some tickets available for what will be a fantastic event, including a top class tombola and fabulous raffle and auction prizes.

“We are very fortunate and honoured to welcome back the fabulous band Refried Radio from Leeds who are supporting the event. One of the band members is the husband of one of Guy’s favourite oncology nurses.”

James said: “All proceeds will be given to Candlelighters, the Yorkshire-based Charity dedicated to supporting children suffering with cancer and their families.

“Tracey and myself would not have coped without Candlelighters helping us while Guy was poorly, and since tragically losing our son. We certainly feel that we have gained a extended family in Candlelighters, that’s just how amazing they are.”

The spring ball will include a welcome drink, three-course meal, live band, raffle, tombola and auction. It will be held at Tickton Grange Country Hotel, near Beverley on Saturday, April 21, from 6.30pm to midnight.

To provide sponsorship or book tickets, phone 07813 310049.