Having a ball and helping our heroes

Organisers of a charity night for Help for Heroes meeting at the Jolly Sailor, Whitburn on wednesday night. Pictured l-r are Michael Harney, Maria Catlah, Linda Lumsdon-Taylor, Carol Sharratt, Jill Randle, Gill Glendenning, Beverley Ashton and Dawn Burnett.

Organisers of a charity night for Help for Heroes meeting at the Jolly Sailor, Whitburn on wednesday night. Pictured l-r are Michael Harney, Maria Catlah, Linda Lumsdon-Taylor, Carol Sharratt, Jill Randle, Gill Glendenning, Beverley Ashton and Dawn Burnett.

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A TRIO of businesswomen have launched a £10,000 fund-raising drive in aid of wounded soldiers.

Dawn Burnett and Jill Randle, from Super Ego hairdressers in Fulwell, and Beverley Ashton, from Beechwood Aesthetics cosmetic beauty business, in Thornhill, decided to organise a charity ball for Help for Heroes.

The trio have been moved by the bravery of service personnel on the frontline in Afghanistan.

The national organisation helps support centres which in turn help with injury rehabilitation and psychological problems such as combat stress.

“We feel strongly that they wanted to support local service men and women,” said Beverley.

“There has been so much publicity about the deaths of British servicemen, but also increasing evidence of the multiple disabilities and it is impossible to miss how many of these men and women come from the North-East.”

Beverley said the team has spent weeks arranging the event, but are still appealing for raffle prize donations.

“The ball will be a masked ball and will feature exciting auctions, music, three-course meal, with Simon Grundy compering the evening,” she said.

“We also hope a senior figure’from SAFC will be able to present the prizes. 

“The event has been officially recognised by Help for Heroes and it is hoped to raise upwards of £10,000.

“We have been guided by Alan Sadder, Help for Heroes representative for the North East, who stated that the funds raised on the evening would go towards an ongoing project for local servicemen and women from our region.

“The funds raised from the ball will go to Catterick Garrison.

“The aim is to help support rehabilitation projects and help in some way to expressing the gratitude of the people of Sunderland for what our servicemen and woman are going through.”

The Masked Ball will take place at the Roker Hotel on Saturday, March 19.

To buy tickets, priced £35, or donate raffle prizes, call 5484543, 0791 490 1138 or email beverleyashton@yahoo.co.uk