Charity ball a big hit

PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 July 2015

Mark Ridgers of Pecorama celebrates his birthday at the masked ball. Ref dl 0195-28-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Mark Ridgers of Pecorama celebrates his birthday at the masked ball. Ref dl 0195-28-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Guests at a masked ball have proven to be charity superheroes after raising thousands of pounds for good causes.

Nancy and Nick Millington at the masked ball. Ref dl 0186-28-15TI. Picture: Terry IfeNancy and Nick Millington at the masked ball. Ref dl 0186-28-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

The event was held at St Peter’s School, Lympstone, with profits to be divided between the school and Hospiscare.

The event made £45,000 on the night, with the final total still to be calculated.

Hospiscare chief executive Glynis Atherton said: “The masked ball was a huge success and has raised thousands of pounds for Hospiscare, which will be used to provide special care for people approaching the end of their lives.

“I am very grateful to all those volunteers who worked so hard to make it a fantastic evening and I am particularly grateful to the headmaster and staff at St Peter’s School, who have offered us amazing support.

“I very much hope that this partnership with the school will continue to flourish and benefit both charities.”

The share for the school will go to Friends of St Peter’s School - a registered charity which supports the school.

It says all the money raised from the event will be used to provide equipment that will benefit the wider community as well as the students.

The main sponsors for the event were Whittons and St Peter’s and there were numerous other sponsors, whose contribution organisers said was invaluable.

The evening started with a Pimms reception, before a silent auction with fantastic prizes, including a helicopter flight and champagne tea, a prize provided by celebrity chef Michael Caines, a skippered day’s sailing, a holiday in St Ives and many more.

Guests also enjoyed a cocktail bar, a casino, a photo booth, a champagne tower, and dancing to live music from Joey the Lips.

There was also a laser show and a five-course dinner.


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