SOUTH SOMERSET NEWS: Glitter Ball is a glittering success for St Margaret’s Hospice
A CHARITY Glitter Ball was a glittering success as it helped to raise more than £15,000 for St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice.
The event was organised by local accountants and financial planners Old Mill and around 200 people gathered at Haselbury Mill’s Tithe Barn near Crewkerne to join in the fun.
Nine Old Mill staff and their partners joined guests from Yeovil Lions Club, Yeovil Rotary Club, Stokes Partnership LLP, Mogers Drewett, MKM Building Supplies, Porter Dodson and many other local business people for welcome drinks, a three-course meal, entertainment from the ‘disco dudes’ and music from fantastic local band Eventine.
Staff from Old Mill and St Margaret’s Hospice also volunteered on the night, while Rupert Cox, chief executive at The Royal Bath and West of England Society, led the main auction which raised a fantastic £4,175.
Some of the donated auction lots included tickets to watch the Exeter Chiefs, a sailing experience on a 46ft yacht, a Mercedes-Benz driving experience, and a year’s supply of Brothers Drinks Cider.
There was also a luxury hamper raffle which raised £1,540 and a silent auction, which ran throughout the evening raised a further £2,160. The rest of the money was raised through ticket sales and table sponsorship.
Carolyn Matravers, chartered financial planner at Old Mill and one of the event’s main organisers, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with how the evening went. It was wonderful to see guests having such a good time.
“All the months of planning definitely paid off as we exceeded our fund-raising target. We are grateful to all those who supported us and helped make the event such a success.”
Ann Lee, chief executive of St Margaret’s Hospice, added: “I am delighted that Old Mill chose to support St. Margaret’s Hospice this year with the wonderful Glitter Ball at Haselbury Mill.
“It costs more than £10m every year to run our services; after NHS funding we still need to raise in excess of £7.5m to deliver our care.
“The funds raised at the ball will help us continue to deliver our care where our patients want to receive it, either in their home or in our intensive care inpatient units. Thank you to everyone at Old Mill for organising such a fantastic night that has raised such an amazing amount of money!”
PHOTOS: Taken during the Glitter Ball held at Haselbury Mill in aid of St Margaret's Somerset Hospice.