John Taylor Hospice’s Glitter Ball has been hailed ‘a night to remember’ with around 200 guests enjoying the fundraising event.
The ball at Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport on Friday (7 September) featured live music, dancers, auctions, a raffle and three course dinner. Companies, individuals, hospice supporters, staff, patients and their families all came together in a glittering fundraiser – with all proceeds supporting John Taylor’s care.
Hospice Community and Events Fundraiser Emily Boate said the event was hugely successful, raising around £20,000.
“Our Glitter Ball was a real night to remember,” she says. “From the moment people entered the doors to be met by our dancers to the moment they left, many taking their prizes with them, it was a wonderful evening. It was good to see so many people return to the event after last year’s Masquerade Ball – the first in our history.
“We are grateful to everyone who made the Glitter Ball such a success including staff, volunteers, House of Chords and Elite Performers. A huge thank you to all of the local companies and individuals who sponsored the ball or generously donated prizes and the many people who dug deep into their pockets during the evening to buy raffle tickets and bid on the auctions.
“Each person and company who helped us raise our amazing total is helping us make every moment matter for the people we care for.”
Prizes up for grabs were certainly glittering with holidays, hotel breaks, spa weekends, dinners at Michelin-starred restaurants, Bucks Fizz Breakfasts, days out, sport memorabilia and theatre tickets.
Ball sponsors were Christine Brolan Civil Celebrant, Wright Restaurants Ltd, Lilies Funeral Directors, Provex Solutions Ltd and Simpsons Gin Bar.
Christine said: “The ball has been just lovely. What really strikes me is that the ball is so full of life – people celebrating and enjoying their lives. And they have raised so much money for the hospice at the same time.”
Lee Solomon of Lilies Funeral Directors said: “It has been an amazing evening – it’s so wonderful to see so many people joining together to support John Taylor Hospice.”
The hospice’s Fundraising Team is now hard at work organising future events.
“The Glitter Ball may be over but we have plenty of other opportunities for people to join our events and support us to help hundreds of local people,” said Emily. “Forthcoming events include a skydive, Big Quiz of the Year, our open day and Light up a Life – full details are on our website www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk”