AN evening of glitz and glamour helped give Grace House children’s hospice a cash boost.
The Moorbennhall Spring Charity Ball took place at Ramside Hall Hotel, in Carrville, Durham.
More than £13,000 was raised from the night, which will go to the Southwick hospice, as well as the Gem Appeal, an organisation that funds research into genetic and metabolic disorders.
Stilt walkers, burlesque performers, singers and dancers made it a night to remember for visitors.
Organiser of the night Andrew Bennett said: “The venue was the perfect choice and John Adamson and his team at the Ramside Hall Hotel were so professional in the running of the event, we could not have asked for anything more.
“From the red carpet, flames and cocktail drinks to the beautiful food and service we all received, Linzi Abdi created a breathtaking and stunning environment for us all to enjoy.”
Comedienne Sue Sweeney was MC for the evening and also held a charity auction.
The night’s entertainment ended with a spectacular circus-style fire and spark show, which wowed the crowds.
Mr Bennett said: “Over £13,000 was raised, which includes £3,000 matched funding from Barclays Bank.
“We would like to thank the girls from Barclays, Doxford Park, for their help and support with the raffle and auction and a huge ‘thank-you’ to all our friends who supported us by providing their services free.”
Why your cash is needed:
OUR Hospice of Hope appeal to raise £20,000 for a play park at the hospice has seen thousands of generous readers donate.
The total raised currently stands just short of £4,000.
Readers can text a donation by texting PARK12 followed by the amount they wish to donate (e.g. PARK12 £5) to 70070.
Any amount between £1 and £10 can be sent to the charity.
Cheque or postal orders in aid of the appeal can also be sent in, which should be made payable to Northeast Press Ltd – Sunderland Echo Charity Account.
Written on the reverse should be “Grace House Hospice of Hope Appeal”.
They should then be sent to David Allison, Hospice of Hope Appeal, Sunderland Echo, Echo House, Pennywell Industrial Estate, Sunderland, SR4 9ER.
Those who are holding special events or fund-raisers in aid the appeal should contact David Allison by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 501 7137.