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Street angel to host charity ball as part of '60 for 60' fundraising challenge

Maureen Smith hopes to raise £60,000 for charity to celebrate her 60th Birthday

Grace Witherden

Street angel to host charity ball as part of '60 for 60' fundraising challenge

It's time to dust off those glass slippers and get ready for a ball being held later this month as part of a street angel's charity challenge.


Maureen Smith from Windsor is hosting the event to raise money for three good causes; Thames Hospice, Windsor Homeless Project and Cancer Research UK.

It is just one fundraising event the 60-year-old has lined up after setting herself the challenge of raising between £6,000 and £60,000 for the three charities before she turns 61.

“I wanted to do something a bit different when I turned 60,” said Maureen.

The ball will take place at the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel on Friday, August 28 from 6.30pm until midnight.

Tickets cost £60, which includes a three-course meal and live entertainment, featuring a magician from the Magic Circle, an acoustic guitarist, a DJ and a charity auction.

Maureen, who used to be headteacher at St Bernard’s Preparatory School in Langley, is now retired and looks after her three grandchildren – Ruby, Caitlin and Harrison – full time.

When she is not looking after her grandchildren, Maureen volunteers at the Windsor Homeless Project once a month as a Windsor street angel.

Her husband Dave Smith took part in a charity skydive earlier in the year to raise funds towards the total, which currently stands at £2,000.

Maureen said: “I believe we were put on this earth to help each other.

"We can do lots of little things individually but if we work as a team we can achieve so much more.”

If you are interested in attending, contact Maureen at 60for60windsor@gmail.com or on 07455285641.

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