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Oh What a Night! 112th Ball a successful night of fun and fundraising

Ball 2016

On 20 February over 300 people slipped their dancing shoes on for the 112th Annual Ball to raise funds for much needed refurbishments at St Catherine’s Day Service.

Local band The Marmites played a variety of hits from across the years. Love or hate yeast extract, the band were definitely in the ‘love’ category as the dancefloor was packed all night, giving DJ Peter Fowler a hard act to follow. But he rose to the challenge magnificently, taking the party on into the early hours.

The tombola proved to be a real highlight of the evening raising a record of almost £2,000. Prizes such as an Orla Kiely lady’s bike, jewellery from WB The Creative Jewellery Group and a platter of fruit and vegetables created a real buzz, with people queuing for tickets all night. Even the less desirable prizes caused a stir—a huge cheer greeted the winners of a pair of new brooms as they returned to the Ball.

As tombola organiser Jimmy Spencer said, “It’s all for a good cause and whether you win or lose you feel good that your money is going towards much needed work to improve lives and improve the health and wellbeing of 32 disabled people who use the Day Service.”

Helen Anson, manager at St Catherine’s, spoke eloquently about what the proposed work at the Day Service would mean, saying that staff aim to bring some magic into the day of everyone who attends. She said the improvements to the garden and sensory room, the purchase of new equipment and refurbishments to the building would enable them to achieve this and much more. 

Equally popular on the night was Pez Anson Photography who took photos on the night for people to take home with them. This was a new feature for 2016.

/media/news/library/c16010-0167.jpgMore companies than ever before supported this year’s Ball through sponsorship and advertising. The event programme provided an excellent platform for local businesses to support the Ball and was larger than ever. Businesses such as Walk On Flooring, The Upper Crust sandwich bar, Funeral Directors Gascoignes of Coleshill and Fairway Training all took tables. Other suppliers attended, including Savona Provisions and Ambigas.

So with more people attending, increased corporate support, new and regular features and more advertisers in the programme, the evening is on target to set a new fundraising record.

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