We celebrated the work of our Children and Young Adult’s Service with a ‘Pure Imagination’ Ball at the Hilton Hotel, NewcastleGateshead on Saturday 4th March.
Invited guests, including supporters of the hospice past and present, gathered together for an evening of entertainment, music, prize auctions and dancing, all themed around the popular children’s book and film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The event raised over £60,000 for our Children and Young Adult’s Service.
Hosts Mr and Mrs Wonka, aka Steve & Karen from Metro Radio’s Breakfast Show dressed for the occasion, and over 300 guests were greeted by the famous golden chocolate factory gates, manned by Oompa Loomas and Candy Girls, handing out sweet treats. As well as enjoying a three course meal, guests were taken into a world of pure imagination with entertainment from The Paul James Band and Encore Dance Entertainment, a prize auction, competitions and raffles.
Members of our Children and Young Adult’s team spoke of the importance of the service for local families and a specially commissioned video introduced our staff and the children and young adults we care for.
A fast paced auction, presided over by Fred Wryley-Birch from Anderson and Garland Auctioneers proved to be very popular, including the sale of one of the last remaining blank Snowdogs, from our popular Great North Snowdogs campaign last year.
Our Chief Executive, James Ellam said:
Our annual balls are always a huge highlight in our fundraising calendar, and this year we decided to go all out with a fun and colourful theme, to match the atmosphere of our Children and Young Adult’s Service.
The atmosphere on Saturday evening was just fantastic and our guests seemed to be having a brilliant time. We are so grateful to everyone who came along to support the event, participated in our games and auctions and made a donation towards our work. £60,000 is a huge sum and will go towards providing specialist care to local families when they need it most.