Billy's ball, Cottons Hotel, Knutsford

PUBLISHED: 17:29 17 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:11 20 February 2013

Adrian Gleave, Christian Lynn, Paul Lockton, John Crompton and Tom Kemp

Adrian Gleave, Christian Lynn, Paul Lockton, John Crompton and Tom Kemp

A 23-year-old Knutsford mum organised a special event to commemorate the life of her son, Billy, who died following a premature birth. More than 100 people turned out in support of Amy Docherty at Billy's ball. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTY THOMPSON

PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIRSTY THOMPSON

A 23-year-old Knutsford mum organised a special event to commemorate the life of her son, Billy, who died following a premature birth. More than 100 people turned out in support of Amy Docherty at Billys Ball and raised more than 5,000 for Tommys, a charity that funds research into pregnancy problems and provides information to parents.

Local businesses donated items for a fundraising auction at the event, held at Cottons Hotel, Knutsford, including a Manchester United shirt signed by Paul Scholes. There was also entertainment from singer Kate McCann and guests speak, Emma Pollitt, who has lost three children through premature childbirth.

More money is expected to be added to the pot as Amys friend, Anthony Meakin, recently ran the London Marathon in Billys memory and raised more than 2,500.

Julie Corcoran, Amys mum, said: People came from London, Birmingham, Cornwall and all over the country to the ball. We are so pleased with the support people have given us. No one knew Billy except for Amy. She said on the night that to be able to raise this amount of money and to get the support of so many people was astonishing.

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