This year’s Zoë’s Place Ball proved to be a right royal knees-up – with guests helping the event set a new fundraising record.
The elegant reception held at Coombe Abbey Hotel and hosted by Free Radio presenter John Dalziel new heights by raising a massive £70,200. It was an amazing achievement thanks to the generosity of the 400 guests and sponsors.
A theme of Kings and Queens, coupled with a fun packed night, an electrifying performance from The Kicks and a touching and inspiring speech from Nathan and Claire Baines, parents of baby Joel who is cared for by Zoë’s Place , all ensured that the fundraising message hit the mark.
The fantastic record-breaking result came from a night of fundraising which included a raffle, heads and tails, a silent auction and live auction which raised a total of £19,500 with two corporate boxes at Wasps achieving £3,200.
Other prizes included four nights in Las Vegas at the Trump International Hotel, a historic signed framed montage of Meghan Markle, a Solent weekend at sea and a unique racing experience donated by Ian Williams – which between them raised £5,300.
The hospice is faced with an ongoing challenge of ensuring it has enough income to provide baseline nursing and ancillary staff, allowing it to open its doors 24/7, 365 days a year.
Peter Jarvis, Zoë’s Place Business Group chair and managing director of Contechs, said: “The generosity of all those who attended is just incredible and to demonstrate just what this means the funds raised not only represents over five per cent of Zoë’s Place annual funding requirements, but buys over 2,800 hours of one-to-one care which really puts it into perspective.
“Zoë’s Place is an amazing charity and one which provides a vital service to the local community yet is one which is wholly reliant on charitable donations. It is a charity which as soon as you step through their door gets under your skin. You want to be a part of it and lend a helping hand and I would challenge anyone to feel anything different.”