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Great Gatsby Ball raises over £9,000

A ‘Great Gatsby’ themed ball, organised by St John’s Hospice, has raised more than £9,000 for the charity.  The fundraising evening, which took place on 25th March at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, welcomed more than 110 guests from across Lancashire and the South Lakes, who were encouraged to enjoy the 1920’s atmosphere and bid on some fantastic prizes!

The evening commenced with a drinks reception, hosted by volunteer, Simon Thomas, with ingredients supplied by McClure’s & Morrison’s.  Guests were treated to ‘1920’s magic’, by

‘Laurel and Hardy’ duo, from Lookalikes Magic, and following a gourmet dinner where guests were treated to smoked salmon mousse, beef and a selection of desserts, singer, Ashleigh Wood, provided entertainment, sponsored by the Westmorland Shopping Centre.  The auction and raffle saw guests giving generously, with all donations match funded by charity partners, Yorkshire Bank and Barclays colleagues.

Amongst the prizes on offer was a bespoke piece of Rachel Galley jewellery donated by Wave Jewellery, a signed Manchester United shirt, dinner for two at Tweedies Bar, lunch for two at Hipping Hall, afternoon tea for two at the Wordsworth Hotel and a luxury hair treatment by Windermere-based stylist, Louise Dobie.  Lakeland Chauffeurs, Emirates, Clarins at Sue Shields Spa in Carnforth and Local Choice were also generous donors.  Special thanks go to the evening’s host, Nicole Taylor; sound and vision technician, Matt Cooper; DJ Chris Ducker; mixologist, Simon Thomas; runner, Mark Wenlock; and Marion Chapman and Vikki Wright who provided administrative support.

“We are thrilled that the ‘Great Gatsby’ Ball has generated such a fantastic level of support and funds!” said community fundraiser, Jill Santamera.  “The feedback received from guests has been tremendous and it was a night when the local community really came together – once again – to support St John’s Hospice.  We are so very grateful to all those who supported us on the evening, those attending, those who have donated their time and the suppliers and local companies that gave so generously.  Guests went to town with their outfits and really got into the spirit of the event.  Moreover, everyone had fun!”

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