John and Lynne Mezzetti have been long-term supporters of Epilepsy Research UK since their daughter, Ellen, tragically died aged just 16 in 2006.

The family have organised The Butterfly Ball event biennially since 2012, however, Covid restrictions meant the 2020 event had to be postponed. With such a long wait, everyone was ready to get their dancing shoes on to celebrate with a night remembering Ellen on 2 July 2022.

Taking place at Norfolk’s Sprowston Manor, there was a huge array of auction and raffle prizes generously donated by the local community. Along with the ongoing support of family and friends, an incredible night was had by all and a phenomenal £13,482.00 was raised for vital research into epilepsy. We would like to give our sincere thanks to each and every person who has supported the The Butterfly Ball events and made them such a fantastic success.

John said…

Both Lynne and myself are once again totally overwhelmed by the support we continue to receive, from the businesses and friends who donated the amazing prizes and to all who attended the event.

We were very unsure, after four years out and still recovering from the pandemic, how well The Ball would be attended, but as soon as we started advertising the response was amazing. The amount raised was phenomenal and our best to date, and hopefully will help with the continued research which remains extremely important to us.

We are truly humbled and forever grateful to John and Lynne for their unwavering support. Over £150,000 has now been raised through the Ellen Mezzetti Memorial Fund – an incredible contribution to advancing research. Such a remarkable sum reflects the exceptional commitment that the family, friends and local community have shown in supporting our research.