A HAMPSHIRE woman who lost her brother to cancer is to host a charity ball in his honour.

Nicky Wright from Bishops Waltham lost her brother Peter Sowerby after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 48.

After tests, it was revealed Peter had been given less than two and a half years to live.

Nicky said: “On New Year’s Eve 2015, my brother phoned me up to say ‘I’ve got prostate cancer, it’s everywhere, what do I do?’.

“That was a tough conversation. He was 48 and I had to just tell him he would be ok, the doctors would look after him.”

From a 100K Night Ride in London for women’s cancers to an Inaugural Serpentine Swim for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Nicky immersed herself in charity fundraisers, making every effort to help support her brother and other victims suffering from cancer.

Now, Nicky will be holding a charity ball at Southampton’s Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on May 17.

The evening will include a three-course meal, a welcome drink, entertainment and a live auction, as well as a performance from the RAF Odiham Military Wives Choir and Britain’s foremost Stevie Wonder tribute act ‘Wonderband’.

Titled “Peter’s Ball” tickets cost £100 and all proceeds from the night will go to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Prostate Cancer UK.

Nicky added: “This charity ball is to fight back against cancer, and to celebrate Peter and the centenary of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

“I was lucky enough to be brought up in an RAF household, which gave me the strength to combat this tough situation.

“Prostate cancer is not just an old man’s disease, it can happen to anyone and I want to raise as much awareness for this as I can.”

Lisa Hunt, Regional Fundraiser at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “This event is a true example of what charity is all about; helping others who have battled through the hardest times of life.

“It’s about celebrating them for that and supporting them throughout the journey.”