Heart Beat Ball raises cash in dad’s memory

Heart Beat Ball SUS-150601-111433001
Heart Beat Ball SUS-150601-111433001

An event held at TJ’s Nightclub just before Christmas has raised more than £600 for the British Heart Foundation.

Alistair Owen-Thomas organised the Heart Beat Ball in memory of his father who died two years ago due to coronary heart disease and ultimately a heart attack. The Ball took place on Sunday, December 21 and raised £655 for the British Heart Foundation, with the money being given to the charity’s shop on Terminus Road last week.

The evening boasted entertainment by some of the town’s top DJs, including Fergus, Tim “Jazz” Carter, Ryan Harbourne, BIG 404, Toby Bryant, 25THC, Ben Morton, Risky and Morf and Jah Pete, as well as live performances from Gaz Shemza and The Dirty Martini Swing Band.

Alistair said, “This event meant so much to me and my sister for so many reasons. It was a chance to come together with great friends before Christmas and raise money for The BHF in memory of our wonderful Dad.

“The fact that some many of Eastbourne’s greatest DJs, musicians and businesses were so generous with their time and support is staggering. Special thanks to Darren Myall, TJ’s Nightclub, Kitty, Neil, Claire, Sanka, Hayley and the legendary Mark “Gramps” Thomas. Without them, this wouldn’t have been possible. It was a great night that really showed how our community came together and it’s really important to me to thank them, all, in a large way.”

A number of local businesses donated raffle prizes, including Hudsons, La Cantina, Urban Ground, Pin Ups Barbers, Beauty Within, Eastbourne Theatres, Maxims, The Enterprise Diner, Urban Industry, Nuts Hair, Eighteen 12 and W. Brufords Jewellers.