A MOTHER is showing her gratitude to a trio of charities which have supported her seriously ill son, 19, with a charity ball.

Suzan Cain, 49, from Colchester, is to host her first major event with the proceeds going to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, the Sick Children’s Trust, in London, and the J’s Hospice, in Chelmsford.

Last year, Nathan needed corrective surgery on his back to treat scoliosis - a condition which causes curvature of the spine.

For three nights, the Sick Children’s Trust supported Suzan and Nathan’s father, Neil, 52, at Acorn House, so they could be by his side.

They described it as a "home away from home".

Ms Cain said: “We cannot praise Acorn House enough.

“It’s an amazing place something completely different to what we’ve always known as hospital life after years of treatment.

“Staying there took a huge weight off our shoulders. We were given our own private bedroom but shared communal areas, which gave us the opportunity to share our load with other parents.

“It was actually very emotional speaking to them as we were in their position 19 years ago.”

At four-days-old Nathan was transferred to Addenbrooke’s after been diagnosed with Hydrocephalus, a condition causing excess fluid in the brain.

Other conditions have since emerged like cerebral palsy and he only has only one functional kidney.

Nathan’s Extravaganza will be held on Saturday, October 8, at the Marks Tey Hotel, from 6.30pm until midnight.

The 1980s-themed disco is priced at £35 per person which includes a drinks reception, two-course hot buffet dinner, live auction and raffle.

It was inspired by Nathan’s love of retro classics and the guest of honour has given the theme a thumbs up.

She added: “It has to be about him as he’s the main man.

“Nathan was so poorly when he was born and at just two-hours-old we knew all our lives were going to change forever.

“But the one thing Nathan has taught me is strength and determination – everything I didn’t have before I have to thank him for.

"I love him to bits.”

Just 20 tickets remain for the event and the Cain’s are searching for a headline sponsor, which will receive a complimentary table for 10 worth £350.

So far, they have raised nearly £2,000, but Ms Cain wants to collect as much money as possible.

To enquire about sponsorship, email nathan.extravaganza@gmail.com.

For tickets or to donate, visit http://bit.ly/1Tr2vKl.