PICTURE GALLERY: Masked ball raises £14,500 to help children’s charity

This year’s Masquerade Ball at Eastbourne’s Cavendish Hotel raised £14,500 in pure profit for the work of the Children’s Respite Trust.

Around 200 guests enjoyed a drinks reception on arrival with stilt-walkers, magicians and singers entertaining them before going through to the banqueting hall for the main event.



They were greeted by local dance troupe, Demo Squad, whose lively routine raised the curtain before guests sat down to dinner which included a balloon raffle with a first prize of a Michael Kors watch donated by W Bruford Jewellers.

One of the main events was the live auction, which raised £7,475 and featured a fantastic 5* Holiday in Malta donated by 6 Steps ActionCOACH as well as an Executive Box at Brighton and Hove Football Club. There was also a silent auction.

Afterwards guests enjoyed live music from local band Double Tap, a casino and a fun photobooth.

Committee member, Simon Groves, from PRG Marketing Communications, said, “The ball this year was the best yet, beating last year’s total of £10,500 by a staggering £4,000. That’s going to make a massive difference to the charity’s work.”

The Children’s Respite Trust chose the event to launch its Little Ray of Sunshine Appeal, which is set to raise the funds needed for the charity to launch its Community Service. The trust’s chief executive Gavin Fisher said, “The ball marked our fourth anniversary and proved to be a fantastic start to our fundraising for the Little Ray of Sunshine Appeal.

“With the money raised from the appeal we aim to recruit and train carers who can directly support families in their own homes, who will form our Community Team.

“We’re enormously grateful to everyone who has helped to make this start possible.”

For more information about the Little Ray of Sunshine Appeal and the rest of the Children’s Respite Trust’s work go to www.childrensrespitetrust.org.uk

Photos courtesy of Chris Jenkins Photography.