An invitation to have a ball in aid of cancer charity

Toby Etheridge with his mum Alison.

Toby Etheridge with his mum Alison.

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A Cupar schoolboy suffering from leukaemia is taking another step on his ‘magical journey’ by conjuring up a fund-raising ball starring a top chef.

Ten-year-old Toby Etheridge has been raising funds for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent since he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia shortly before Christmas, 2014.

Now he’s the inspiration behind the biggest fund-raising event to date.

Called ‘Toby’s 1st Magical Ball’, the event will be held in Cupar’s Corn Exchange on March 5 and includes mouth-watering set menus by the 2014 Masterchef professional champion Jamie Scott, who now owns the Newport Hotel.

Toby, a fan of Jamie, had the chance to do some cooking with his hero at a fund-raising day in St Andrews last year.

As well as the sumptuous menu, the evening will include music until midnight by the Rogue Traders, table magic by Jamie the Jester, a photo booth and a charity raffle and auction.

Money raised will go to CLIC Sargent, which provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help children with cancer and their families to cope,

Following his diagnosis, Toby set up a Facebook page, Toby’s Magical Journey’ , charting his journey towards being cancer-free.

Though he still has some way to go, he’s doing well and returned to St Columba’s Primary School in October, after an absence of 153 days.

Now he has started having chemotherapy at home but visits the hospital every month for checks and every three months for chemotherapy in his spine.

Tickets for the ball are available from Elaine Colliar at the SNP constituency office in Bonnygate, Cupar.