September 29th, 2016

Masquerade ball raises £45K towards Stratford Hospital’s £1million appeal

Masquerade ball raises £45K towards Stratford Hospital’s £1million appeal Masquerade ball raises £45K towards Stratford Hospital’s £1million appeal
Lee Rogers and Michael Brooker, directors at Simplify IT Solutions, join fund-raising manager Ali Gray, and organisers Jen McDonald, Nic Allen, and Dan McDonald on stage. The event raised more than £45,000 for the £1million appeal. Image courtesy Jon Head of Head Imaging (s)
Updated: 7:19 am, Oct 04, 2015

AN EVENING of glitz and glamour helped raise more than £45,000 towards Stratford Hospital’s £1million appeal.

The black-tie Masquerade Ball event, sponsored by Simplify IT, took place at Alne Park in Great Alne recently.

Guests enjoyed a drinks reception, a five course meal and were entertained by a poet, a silhouette artist, and a live band.

The evening, which was hosted by Kirsty Leahy from Touch FM, also featured an auction and a silent auction where guests had the chance to bid on prizes including a luxury week in the Caribbean.

Tables were named after villages surrounding Stratford in an attempt to highlight how the new hospital will benefit patients across south Warwickshire.

And a total of £45,563 was raised over the course of the evening with all proceeds going towards Stratford Hospital’s £1million appeal, which passed its halfway point last month.

Hospital chiefs are looking to create a new cancer and state-of-the-art eye treatment centre at the existing site on Arden Street.

It is hoped the appeal will help fund everything from specialist chemotherapy chairs to iPads that do not come as standard in the new £22million hospital.

Ali Gray, fund-raising manager, said: “I am so pleased that the Masquerade Ball was a great success. It was great to work alongside Nic Allen and Dan and Jen McDonald to organise such a fantastic event.

“I am delighted with how much money was raised during the evening and would like to say thank you to all of the guests for their generosity.

“I would also like to say a special thank you to Simplify IT Solutions for their support and sponsorship and also to everyone that kindly donated the lovely prizes for the auctions and raffle.”

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