In 2006, 15 year old Leanne Faulkner died in hospital in Lisbon after suffering a cardiac arrest. Since then her family have set up the Leanne Faulkner Memorial Charity Trust to raise money and awareness for the UK-based charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
Part of the fundraising activities of the trust is an annual black tie ball held in the Algarve with the Loulabel Ball taking place this year on August 13 at the Parque da Floresta Golf Club from 7pm until late.
Leanne and her family moved to Sagres in 2001 where she attended school and, at the time of her death in 2006, she was planning to return to the UK to study for her A levels, with the ambition of following her dreams to become a fashion designer.
A spokesman for the trust said: “We have considered Leanne’s ambitions, the tragic and unexpected way in which she died and the positive contribution that those who knew her would like to make in her memory.
“As our ideas grew, we came to what we feel is a valuable and worthwhile way to channel our grief, and extend our good will through founding a charitable trust in her name.”
The black tie ball will also be used as an opportunity to promote the talents of young fashion designers through a competition and awards ceremony while highlighting the work of CRY.
Tickets to the Loulabel Ball cost €35 for adults and €18 for children and include a welcome drink, three course meal, half a bottle of wine, live music and a disco with guests asked to dress smartly (“no jeans or shorts”).
For further information about the Leanne Faulkner Memorial Charitable Trust or the Loulabel Ball, please call 969 264 750 or 282 624 109