Fundraising ball for DGH is coming to town

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A glittering charity ball with a three-course meal , entertainment and a casino will take place in the Winter Garden, to raise funds towards the robot surgeon at the DGH.

The Celebrate the Future Ball will be put on by Friends of Eastbourne Hospital and The Rotary Club of Eastbourne in association with the Herald, etc magazine and W. Bruford.

Guests can expect plenty of entertainment, with music from The Big Kahuna, a disco, raffle and a live phone-in auction.

Charity balls put on by the Friends always bring out the crowds in Eastbourne, and this year will be no different.

Businesses are getting on board to give a helping hand, including Party Enterprising, which will create an impressive balloon arch for the big event, as well as and decorating the tables with their wares.

Proceeds from the ball will go towards the Da Vinci Robot which was recently installed at the Eastbourne DGH.

The arrival of a new state-of-the-art Da Vinci robot, which can carry out life-saving keyhole surgery, was welcomed by surgeons and hospital bosses, and the first operation took place on February 12.

The robot, which will take laparoscopic, also known as key hole, surgery to most advanced levels possible, has been provided by the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital and a major fundraising campaign to help pay for it begins in earnest now.

The Friends secured the machinery at a cost of just over £1 million on a lease-purchase scheme with CHG-Meridian and the first operation is likely to be in the spring next year.

So funds from the ball will go directly into this,

A Friends spokesperson said, “Robotics gives greater precision, less tissue damage, blood loss, less postoperative discomfort and quicker recovery. It will create a centre of excellence and benefit patients from the whole of East Sussex and parts of neighbouring counties. At a cost of £1,000,000 (normally considerably more) the Friends will need the support of the local community in fundraising activities.”

Last year’s ball raised more than £20,000 for charity and was attended by 530 people, and organisers hope this year will be bigger and better than ever.

The Celebrate the Future Ball will be held at the Winter Gardens, on Saturday March 21 from 6.30pm. Tickets are £45 each or £425 for a table to ten.

Purchase tickets for the black-tie event at the Friends Office by calling 01323 438236 or email