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Love Ball at Rudding Park raises £73,000 for children's hospice

The second ever 'Love Ball' held at Rudding Park in Harrogate has raised over £73,000 for Martin House Children's Hospice.

Love Ball at Rudding Park raises £73,000 for children's hospice A sell-out charity ball in Harrogate has raised a whopping £73,000 for a local children’s hospice. The ‘Love Ball’ was held on Friday 9th February for the second year at Rudding Park Hotel. The event was put together by local business woman Alice Maguire and saw nearly 170 guests in attendance for the love-themed evening. Guests were welcomed by Alesia from Encore playing electric violin whilst enjoying a champagne reception before a four-course meal. As well as the ‘Box of Love’ which had top prizes including a Rudding Park night stay, there was also a raffle with a huge array of prizes, a game of Heads & Tails and a charity auction. Master of ceremonies for the evening was HRH Group’s Simon Cotton who hosted the charity auction, which raised over £25,000. Organiser Alice Maguire decided to put the Ball on after a close family member lost their son and she wanted to give something back to Martin House Children’s Hospice. Guests also heard from Micheal and Caroline Lambert who shared their heart-breaking story of losing their own baby, and the help and support that Martin House had given them. Organiser Alice Maguire said:

“I cannot thank everyone enough for all the kindness and generosity in supporting our second Love Ball event. “My intentions of organising an enjoyable fun evening whilst raising for this incredible Charity, exceeded anything I had imagined with the amount we have raised the first time to then repeat again this year is just mindblowing.”
Alice added:
“I want to thank all my sponsors and for the generous donations we received before the event that included cash and prizes, without whom the night would not be possible and the great success it was. “To Simon Cotton who gave his time and services yet again to be our auctioneer for the night, free of charge. “To all my guests for coming along and being so supportive and generous on the night, I cannot thank you enough and really express how grateful I am to you all!”
The event raised a grand total of £73,373 for Martin House. Regional Fundraiser at Martin House, Rebecca Taylor, said:
“The Love Ball was such a delight to be part of. The whole evening was buzzing with so much warmth and excitement. “Thank you to all of the guests and businesses involved in ensuring its phenomenal success. “The incredible £73,373.35 raised could help to fund a Clinical Nurse Specialist for 18 months, to provide specialist palliative care to children and their families in the place of their choice. “Alice is an incredibly valued supporter of Martin House, and we are so grateful for her continued support and commitment to us.”
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