A charity ball is being held in memory of Embsay child minder Hilary Lovell, who died at the age of 64.

She lost her fight against Sepsis – a condition that develops when the body suffers a severe response to a simple infection – on Christmas Day 2010.

Now residents are being invited to enjoy an evening of champagne, dinner and dancing to raise money for the UK Sepsis Trust.

The Hilary Lovell Memorial Ball will take place on Saturday, March 2, at The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate.

It has been organised by Hilary’s daughter, Rhian Oliver, who said: “We wanted the opportunity to celebrate Mum’s life and raise the profile of Sepsis at the same time. The ball is the perfect way to do it, a good old fashioned night on the tiles, with plenty of fun, good food and the chance to dance the night away.

“We have had some wonderful support and I’m very grateful to the local businesses. We have a great selection of raffle prizes, but we’re always on the lookout for more, so if any local companies would like to donate a prize for the ball, please get in touch via the website.”

Tickets cost £35 or £300 for a table of 10, and include a champagne reception, three course dinner and entertainment. They are available from sepsistrustball.co.uk or email info@sepsistrustball .co.uk.