A POPULAR ball held in memory of an inspirational teenager is moving to a new bigger location.

The Tom Bowdidge Foundation will hold its sixth annual Feather Ball in February.

But this year the event will be held at Braxted Park.

Tom died in October 2014 having fought an aggressive stomach cancer. He was 19.

During his illness, he raised an incredible £170,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

His parents, Richard and Nikki, have continued his good work, setting up the foundation in his name.

The ball was launched in 2015, the day Tom would have been 21.

The theme for the event is a closely guarded secret and guests will have to wait until the night to find out.

Previous themes have included James Bond, the Caribbean and the Moulin Rouge.

Guests will enjoy a silent auction and casino with entertainment from rock’n’roll band the Beavers.

Nikki Bowdidge, chief executive and founder of the Tom Bowdidge Youth Cancer Foundation, said: “The Feather Ball is always the highlight of our year and we really cannot wait for this one.

“This year we decided to have a change of venue and we were thrilled when we found out Braxted Park was available.

“The Feather Ball just keeps getting more popular each year with more people wanting to come.

“It’s fantastic so many people enjoy the night as much as we do. We needed a much bigger venue this time round with so many people wanting to come.

“Braxted Park is an amazing place and we know everyone will have a fantastic night.”

The event is one of the Foundation’s biggest fundraisers of the year and has raised more than £30,000 for the charity.

The official headline sponsor of this year’s ball is Lanswood Residential and Commercial Developments.

It will be held on February 22 at Braxted Park from 6.30pm.

Tickets costing £65 each can be bought by emailing nikkibowdidge@tombowdidgefoundation.org or calling 07771 646654.