Bradford’s Bollywood Ball


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AWARENESS: Sajeela Shah is raising money for Alzheimer’s Society after being inspired by his neighbour, John Julian, who cares for his wife, Dorothy

AWARENESS: Sajeela Shah is raising money for Alzheimer’s Society after being inspired by his neighbour, John Julian, who cares for his wife, Dorothy

School teacher turns Bollywood planner in support for entertaining fundraiser  

A Horsforth mum is preparing to bring some Bhangra beats to Bradford later this year after being inspired to host a charity fundraiser by her ‘inspirationally humble neighbour’.

35-year-old Sajeela Shah will host a Bollywood Ball at the Aagrah Midpoint on Saturday 12th September, to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Benton Park School teacher says it is her 87-year-old neighbour, John Julian, who is her hero, due to his devoted care for his wife, Dorothy, 91, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2001.

Sajeela explained: “Just seeing what John does for his wife and the effects dementia have had on Dorothy made me just want to help in whatever way I could.

“I told him I was planning this event and he was happy but he is such a humble man. He doesn’t think what he is doing is anything special. It’s just his normal life to him.

“He is happy I am raising awareness of the condition and I hope the event will be a big success.”

After being involved in the planning of a separate ball last year, Sajeela decided she wanted to host her own event which would help raise money for a cause close to her heart.

A Bollywood theme was selected to give men and women the chance to ‘dress up’ for a glamorous night of entertainment which will include a sit down dinner, disco and magician act.

With tickets available for £25, the event will also raise more funds on the night with a special raffle and auction running alongside the entertainment.

“As much as this event is about raising money for the charity, I also want to raise awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s which affects so many people,” Sajeela added.

“I have friends and students who all know people affected by these conditions and this charity really resonates with them.

“Hopefully we can have a great night and raise a lot of money  for the Alzheimer’s Society.”

Sajeela is currently appealing for prizes to be donated for the auction and for any persons who would like to get involved with the project.

For more information, including ticket bookings, please contact Sajeela on 07817 160 953 or email sajeelashah@hotmail.com.

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