Charity champagne evening raises funds for Fraja

5:43pm Wednesday 24th April 2013

A CHAMPAGNE evening raised almost £1,000 towards life-saving treatment for a girl who is battling a rare form of cancer.

Victoria Ameen-Ali and her father, Ian Ferguson, were so moved by the story of Fraja Simpson that they decided to hold a “Rip a Strip” charity waxing evening at their champagne bar, Crooners, in Houndgate Mews, Darlington.

The five-year-old’s family, from Leeming, in North Yorkshire, are trying to raise £500,000 to send her to the US for treatment after she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma with MYCN amplification - a nervous system tumour affecting fewer than 100 UK children a year.

The event, held on Monday (April 22), raised £942.50 for her cause and Ms Ameen-Ali hoped the night would encourage other businesses to host their own fundraising event.

As well as a charity raffle, hairy volunteers were also auctioned off, with winning bidders given the chance to rip the wax strips off.

To donate to the Fraja Ellie Appeal, visit, or send money to on Paypal or send cheques to Fraja Ellie Appeal, Yorkshire Bank sort code 05-06-31, account number 35520051.

For more information about the campaign visit


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