FRIENDS of a woman who lost her hard-fought battle with cancer have said they are proud to be hosting a special ball in her honour this weekend.
Mum-of-two Michelle Flavalle, died in August last year after a long battle with breast cancer, which developed into secondary cancer.
Close friends Denise Philpotts and Debbie Jacques decided to honour her memory by holding a fundraising event for the two charities that helped her the most, and have organised the 'What Friends Are For Ball'.
Debbie said: "We were just devastated when she died so this was a way that we chose to remember her and for everyone to get together.
"We planned to sell around 250 tickets and have sold 240 which we are so proud about. So far we have raised around £5,000 which is great, and on the night we will raise even more because we have some lovely donations too for the charity auction which we are sure will raise lots more money too," she said.
In addition to the ball, a unique commemorative pin has been created and will be sold. The pin uses the traditional breast cancer ribbon wrapped around a rose.
Michelle died in August, aged just 47. She was first told she had breast cancer and then was diagnosed with secondary cancer in April 2010.
The What Friends Are For Ball will be held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on February 22 and money raised will go towards the John Taylor Hospice in Erdington, and Breast Friends, which is based at Good Hope Hospital.
Denise and Debbie, along with other close friends of Michelle's, wanted to raise the money because of the "extensive support", including palliative care, advice talks and support networks Michelle used.
Debbie added: "Michelle was a beautiful and vivacious lady who loved life and never let her illness bring her down.
"She put so much of her time into helping others who were affected by the disease, and that is why we think the ball will be a perfect tribute.
"On top of that, Michelle loved a party, so we want to make this ball a night of celebration to really do her proud."
For more details about the night, visit the groups Facebook page called 'That's What Friends Are For Ball' to donate or find out more about the charity auction and pins.