A massive thank you to all of our partners, supporters, friends, volunteers and staff who helped create such a magical event!
More than 330 guests attended our Spring Ball at the Village Hotel – and raised £15,300 towards the charity’s £300k Respite lodge appeal.
Up for grabs were £12k worth of prizes donated for the evening’s raffle, balloon prize pop, auction and other party games.
Sponsors included BBC DIY SOS Blackpool Big Build for Children in Need volunteer David Sidwell of Your Big Day Event Wedding and Event Services who donated the digital dance floor, magic mirror and lighting; Spire Fylde Coast Hospital who sponsored the reception drinks and canapes; Sandcastle Waterpark who sponsored the awards; Blackhurst Budd Solicitors who sponsored the table plan – and Blackpool and the Fylde College who donated the casino and blackjack tables.
A strong contingent of BBC DIY SOS volunteers also attended the evening some of them battling adverse weather to travel from as far as Cornwall and Devon to join friends from the 2016 Big Build for Children in Need of Blackpool Carers Centre’s HQ Beaverbrooks House.
Entertainment was provided by Smooth Chalk fronted by charity regular Phil Swift. It was a night of celebration with special recognition awards going to young carer Joseph Fryer, 13; Sandcastle Waterpark; Spire Fylde Coast Hospital; Highfurlong School; Nichola Sullivan from the Community Mental Health Team for Older Adults and Kathy Bradshaw and the Primary Intermediate Mental Health team.
Guests wined, dined, partied and danced till 2am.
Charity chief executive officer Michele Smith said: “This year’s ball was a resounding success. From the moment we walked into the room until 2am when the dance floor was still packed, the atmosphere was vibrant and warm with a real party spirit.
“We celebrated carers and their positivity, raising over £15k towards the Lodge conversion. More importantly, the evening helped to raise the importance of identifying carers in our community so that they can be provided with practical and emotional help at the earliest opportunity.
“In a time when all charities are under the spotlight, Blackpool Carers, as a truly local charity, builds relationships meant to last – and they do; we are local, we employ local people; we bring funding in from across the country to ensure that we keep the Blackpool £ right here where it is needed.
“In Blackpool, here in this town, we have some of the most vulnerable families, BUT we also have some of the most generous and kind-hearted individuals who really do make a difference and improve lives.
“If each of you tells one person about our work: maybe a funder, a business; or someone who may be a carer- we can keep working towards a better life for carers.”
A selection of images from our Spring Ball
Next year’s Ball will be held on Saturday 2nd February 2019.
If you would like to take advantage of the early booking discount, purchase your tickets before 31st October from Kay Soper on 01253 393748 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets £50 per person (£45 before 31st October).
Forthcoming Carers Centre Events
- An Easter Fair at Beaverbrooks House, 147 Newton Drive, on March 24 (noon-3pm)
- The Mayor’s Ball on May 10 at the Imperial Hotel (tickets £40) – as the charity is the main beneficiary of Mayor Cllr Ian Coleman’s year in civic office
- The annual Blackpool Hockey Festival over Easter also raises funds for Blackpool Carers and this year will host its prestigious President’s Dinner at Beaverbrooks House
Check our What’s On page for details of all events, groups and activities at The Centre.