Posted on Friday 9th December
East Cheshire Hospice is celebrating a record-breaking event.
Their ever-popular Winter Wonderland Ball raised an amazing £85,000 – that’s £15,000 more than last year’s event.
“We are absolutely delighted to have broken another fundraising record,” said Events Manager, Jessica Ruth. “It costs £7,500 to provide each day of Hospice care and our annual Ball is a hugely important fundraising event for us so we are thrilled that we’ve raised more money than ever before.”
More than 450 people attended the glittering annual event including Pat Drury who paid a moving tribute to his father, 65-year-old Charlie , who spent time in the Hospice earlier this year.
Pat, 42, told guests of the wonderful care his father received during his seven-week stay at the Hospice and spoke of his resolution to help by fundraising in the future.
“Until you’ve been there, you don’t fully appreciate how amazing the Hospice is,” said Pat. “I will always be grateful to the staff and volunteers at the Hospice and its now my target in life to raise money every year”.
Pat Drury is now on the quest to continue his support for the Hospice and aims to raise £7,500 every year through his business.
Main sponsors, Alderley Park, provided the drinks reception at the Ball and guests were welcomed by Sarah Dale, an advanced nurse practitioner at the Hospice.
There was huge excitement during the raffle with one winner claiming the sparkling prize of the evening – a one carat diamond worth £10,000 donated by PR Jones Jewellers. Also popular was the tombola which raised £5000 and a framed memento of the 1966 World Cup final raised £3000 in the auction.
Once again guests were well looked after during the evening by 14 volunteers from Macclesfield College who were on hand to ensure the event ran smoothly.