Ball in aid of Sunderland children’s hospice

Organisers of the Moorbennhall Spring Charity Ball, which is aid of  Grace House, Andrew Bennett and Calvin Moore with artists from Mint Management.

Organisers of the Moorbennhall Spring Charity Ball, which is aid of Grace House, Andrew Bennett and Calvin Moore with artists from Mint Management.

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A CARNIVAL atmosphere will fill a charity ball aiming to improve the lives of children.

An evening of entertainment is to be held at Ramside Hall Hotel on Saturday, in honour of Grace House Children’s Hospice in Southwick, and the Gem Appeal, which funds research into genetic disorders.

Last year, with a £3,000 boost from Barclay’s at Doxford Park, the Moorbennhall Charity Ball raised more than £13,000.

Organiser Calvin Moore, who is working on the plans with Andrew Bennett, said: “Living in Durham we wanted to raise money for a local charity. Both Andrew and I were shocked to discover that the North East had the lowest number of hospice beds for children in the whole of the UK.

“There was approximately 1,000 families in our region coping with the devastating news that their child will not live to be an adult, so we decided to support Grace House.

“We’ve had some amazing support from family and friends who have kindly offered to help us in so many ways.”

The ball will welcome guests with a cocktail reception before a four-course dinner.

The line-up includes entertainment from stilt walkers, singers, a burlesque performance and a circus-style show. The event will be hosted by drag queen Miss Kitty.

A raffle will be held and an auction, with prizes including an ice cream cone made of knickers from the cast of the ladies from Coronation Street, a blouse worn by the character Tracey Barlow, a lunch date with Michael Owen at his home and a tour of his racing stables, two tickets for centre court at Wimbledon for the ladies’ final and audience tickets for ITV’s Loose Women.

John Adamson, from the Ramside, has also donated a table of 10 for the forthcoming Lobster Festival.

The dress code is “filthy rich and fabulous”. Tickets, which are £40 and £60 for VIPs, can be bought by calling Calvin on 07742 619 759 or Andrew on 07731 945 233.