Forget Me Not’s celebration ball raises £45,000!

Bhangra dancer Deeba Amin performs at the Forget me Not Children's Hospice Ball

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice’s hugely successful celebration ball held in Bradford raised an incredible £45,000 to support the charity’s vital work!

The ball was an opportunity to celebrate the diverse communities that do so much to support Forget Me Not and to enjoy an evening of fine food and dancing together.

Entertainment was provided by bhangra dancers and dhol drummers, the band Indria, and DJ, Soulaisa Roadshow. Every penny of the £45,000 raised in ticket sales and fundraising on the night will go towards supporting local children with life-shortening conditions and their families both at the children’s hospice and in their own homes.

Brilliantly hosted by Lee Hayes, the evening was kicked off with a speech by Forget Me Not’s chair of trustees, Jeremy Cross and one of the mums the children’s hospice supports told her story. Then the fundraising got into full swing with an exciting and high stakes auction. The main auction prize – a fantastic 7-day stay in Barbados for 10 people generously donated by Ken Davy (local entrepreneur and president of Forget Me Not’s Platinum Partners consortium) was worth over £8,000. Enthusiastic bidding from a number of tables drove that up to a jaw-dropping £15,000!

Vicky Lough, event organiser, said: “What an amazing night it’s been! A great atmosphere, lots of fun and a real community spirit. A huge thank you to all our guests for their generosity and support and to all the businesses who donated prizes as well as to our sponsors, volunteers and everyone at the Cedar Court Hotel for helping make this an evening to remember!”

Forget Me Not’s celebration ball was sponsored by Shaks Specialist Cars. Other sponsors were: entertainment sponsor Advanced Supply Chain, reception sponsor Towndoor, and programme sponsor Pinnacle Group.

Companies that supported Forget Me Not by attending the event were:
• Shaks Specialist Cars
• Paxman Scalp Cooling
• Bobs Club
• Pinnacle Group
• Advanced Supply Chain
• Huddersfield Giants
• The FM Company
• Blacks Solicitors
• Booth & Co
• Whitegates
• GWP Architecture
• Hunters Estate Agents
• Bradford Bulls
• Purple Pebble People
• Malik Group
• P&B (Foods) Ltd
• Diamond Wet Rooms
• BNi Group

Also Telescope, Crowther & Shaw, Sueno (did not attend and donated their tickets)

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