A CHILDREN’S hospice is set to benefit from a major charity ball.
Grace House, which is being built in Southwick, Sunderland, will be handed funds from the Moorbennhall Spring Charity Ball.
Once complete, the hospice will provide a wide range of support for families, offering respite and terminal care.
The North East has the lowest number of hospice beds for children in the country and Grace House, which is expected to be open before the end of the year, hopes to become a “home from home” for thousands of families.
The black-tie evening, organised by Durham fund-raisers Calvin Moore and Andrew Bennett, will feature singers, stilt walkers, burlesque and a circus-style fire and spark show.
A host of celebrities have also donated items for a charity raffle and auction.
“Living in Durham, we wanted to raise money for a local charity,” said Calvin.
“Both Andrew and I were shocked to discover that the North East had the lowest number of hospice beds for children in the UK, so we decided to support Grace House.”
Mint Management, which is providing entertainment, is among companies supporting the event at the Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham.
It will also aid the Gem Appeal, which is raising money to build a laboratory to research genetic diseases in children.
“Without the help of these friends our charity ball could not go ahead,” said Calvin.
“We’ve some absolutely fantastic raffle and auction prizes including an authenticated sword from the film Gladiator, Joanna Lumley’s much-loved silk scarf and a Bafta tie from Lord Puttnam’s collection.
“Adrian Chiles has sent us a signed copy of his book and the original ITV script from an England v Bulgaria match signed by Adrian and the studio guests on the day, Gareth Southgate, Danny Murphy, and Andy Townsend.
“John Adamson, from the Ramside Hall Hotel, has also donated a table of 10 for the Lobster Festival.”
The Moorbennhall Spring Charity Ball will take place at the Ramside Hall Hotel, Carrville, Durham, on Saturday, March 10, from 7pm to 1am.
Ticket are £28 with a small number of VIP places at £40.
To buy tickets or sponsor the event, call Calvin on 07742 619 759 or Andrew on 07731 945 233.
For more information about the charities, visit www.gracehouse.co.uk or www.gemappeal.org.uk.