Madingley Hall Summer Ball raises money for Arthur Rank Hospice
PUBLISHED: 15:11 11 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:11 11 August 2017
Delicious food, fabulous big band music and an exciting collection of fundraising games helped to raise more than £1,000 for Arthur Rank Hospice.
More than 100 people attended the Madingley Hall Summer Ball on Saturday (August 5), which took the funds raised since it was first held in 2009 to an astonishing £25,000.
Rebecca Burgess, the conference and sales manager for Madingley Hall, said: “Every year, our guests are always keen to know the date of the ball so they can encourage friends and family to come along.
“There is nothing nicer than a warm summer’s evening to enjoy good food, fabulous company, great live music from the Umbrella Big Band and Drivin’ South, and of course to raise funds for a charity that is very special to all of us here at the hall.
“The relationship has got stronger and stronger over time and it is wonderful to know that as a result of our fundraising we have been able to help make every moment count for those in our area who are living with a life-limiting illness.”
An auction with a range of prizes including a pair of tickets to see James Blunt in concert, donated by First Direct; a chauffeured Scudamore’s punt with prosecco for eight people and a Cellini bracelet raised £581 for the hospice.
A second raffle that included afternoon tea for two, tickets to an open-air performance of Pride and Prejudice and an artisan hamper raised a further £295.
Lisa’s Fund, a memorial fund in memory of Robert Barnes’ wife who was cared for by the hospice in 2011, supplied a signature pink wheelbarrow.
The hospice’s fundraising and communications director, Donna Talbot, said: “Rebecca and the Madingley Hall team always put on an absolutely excellent evening, every element is meticulously planned and the number of returning guests and the longevity of the ball is proof of what a success this ball has become.”