Sequins, glitter, VIP guests and the introduction of some cute and cuddly pets were part of a sparkly charity ball to further raise funds for the charity, which serves Peterborough, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford & Rutland City Hospitals. .
Money from the charity is used to fund improvements and projects of all sizes to benefit the patient and staff experience.
Kicking off an evening of entertainment for over 280 guests at The Holiday Inn, Peterborough was The Collaboration Choir, followed by a three-course dinner, raffles, auctions and a Charleston Masterclass delivered by Strictly Come Dancing judge and patron of the Hospitals charity, Craig. revealed Horwood.
As a supporter of Hospitals’ Charity, Craig also helped to officially introduce the trio of mascots who will visit North West Anglia hospitals in the coming weeks and months to give a boost to patients, staff and visitors.
Craig said: “Since becoming the Hospital’s charity patron at the beginning of the year, I have had the privilege of meeting so many fabulous hospital staff in a wide variety of roles and seeing first-hand the incredible work that are making.
“I am delighted to be a sponsor, and the success of the ball and the enormous amount raised through incredibly generous support is a great testament to how much the NHS is valued locally and regionally.”
Hospitals’ Charity supporter, Harry Potter and Star Wars actor Warwick Davis was also among the guests, who was accompanied by his daughter Annabelle.
Dance-goers, many of them local business leaders and event patrons who generously purchased tickets, were able to keep dancing thanks to popular local band, The Motor City Vipers, who closed out the night with an incredible live set.
Philip Fearn, Charity Projects Manager for the North West Anglia Hospitals charity, and one of the organizers of the charity ball, said: “It was an amazing night and a big thank you to every single person who played a part in making it so what a wonderful occasion it was.” .
“The staggering amount raised will be added to the hospitals’ charitable funds and will make a world of difference to dozens if not hundreds of patients, visitors and staff.
“In addition to this fantastic achievement, we are pleased to announce that the Trust will be running a contest to name our fabulous mascots and we look forward to more news on that very soon.”
In addition to the generosity of the ball attendees, The Trust would also like to thank everyone who donated raffle and auction prizes, which were sold under the watchful and expert eye of famed auctioneer David Palmer, all the volunteers who helped the evening and all sponsors, including title sponsors Progress Health and Prospect Healthcare.
If you would like to donate to the North West Anglia Hospitals charity, you can text HELP4NHS to 70970 to donate £5 or 70191 to donate £10. All donations received go directly to patient or staff projects.