A CHARITY set up by a mum and dad from Catshill will be hosting a charity ball with the help of local residents and businesses.

Charlotte and Richard Sharratt are hoping to show the residents of the Midlands a great night at their charity ball in Birmingham and hope to raise vital money for neonatal units throughout the region.

Charlotte gave birth to a baby girl at 26 weeks at  Birmingham’s Woman’s Hospital on April 26 2013 and her parents named her Libby Mae.

After her birth, Libby was immediately transferred to the neonatal unit as she was struggling to breath. Over the next few days and after numerous tests her parents found out she had a rare heart condition, however she seemed to start responding to medication and even opened her eyes.

In May, Libby was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where her parents were told a lung hadn’t formed properly and so she would never be able to breath for herself. Libby Mae died on May 9 in her parents' arms at just two weeks old.

Even with broken hearts, Charlotte and Rich vowed not to let their little angel die in vain and so set about raising money for neonatal units all over the Midlands.

On July 26, 2013 Libby Mae’s Little Angels became a registered charity and from there has gone strength to strength hosting various events including car washes to celebrity football matches.
It has managed to raise more than £60,000 so far and are looking to add to this.

On July 26, Libby Mae’s parents are holding a Charity Ball at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham. The evening is aimed at raising awareness of the charity and also to raise as much money as possible. The night will include a champagne reception, three course meal, singers, DJ and an auction.

Tables of eight and 10 are available along with singe tickets priced at £55.

For more information about the ball, to buy tickets, or to sponsor any part of the event, contact Charlotte at Libbymaeslittleangels@hotmail.com or call 07584 019334.