A teacher who is training to run a marathon for her disabled nephew plans to hold a masked ball to support a centre that helps him and other children.

Sharon Famiglietti, 44, of Station Road, Loughton, plans to run the London Marathon in April for the Bobath Centre in Wales, where 13-year-old Ian, who has cerebral palsy, receives physiotherapy.

She has now set her sights on organising the Masquerade Ball at the Loughton Club, also in Station Road, on March 16.

Swing band Frankie and the Bozboys has been lined up to provide music for the event and pupils from Roding Valley High School have made decorations.

Mrs Famiglietti, who teaches ante-natal classes, said: “Community support for the event has been fantastic and every penny raised on the night will go directly to this great cause.

“Ian is unable to walk, talk or be independent in any way but he has benefited from the warmth and care of staff at the Bobath Centre.”

Tickets for the event, which starts at 8pm, cost £15 per pair and are available by calling Mrs Famiglietti on 020 8418 9800 or emailing sharonfami@yahoo.com.