HOSPICE chiefs and manufacturing bosses had a ball during an event that raised thousands of pounds for cancer sufferers and other people requiring palliative care.
Hartlepool-based firm JDR Cables held its first charity summer ball in aid of Hartlepool and District Hospice.
The bash, held at the Staincliffe Hotel, raised a whopping £6,582 for the Wells Avenue-based facility, exceeding hospice chiefs’ expectations.
Around 120 people attended, including JDR staff, suppliers, business people, relatives and hospice representatives.
Bosses say they chose to boost the hospice as it provides care in the local community.
Mandy Marriner, JDR’s receptionist/operations administrator, helped organise the event with JDR’s manufacuring manager Ian Mallett and the firm’s production manager Christian Wain.
Mandy said: “It was a fantastic, fun-packed, hugely successful night, with fantastic feedback requesting another next year.”
A raffle or a cake made by Christian’s wife Tam raised an impressive £344 and there was also an auction.
Entertainment came from dancers from Val Armstrong’s School of Performing Arts and Dalton Jones Entertainment.
Christian said: “I had the very best time ever, a night I will never forget.”
Carole Sennett, the hospice’s corporate fundraiser, said: “The JDR summer ball was a fantastic event and the money raised exceeded all of our expectations.
“The support we receive from JDR Cables is amazing. They are a fantastic team of people to work with and are truly dedicated to making a difference to lives of local people, I can’t thank them enough.
“Having the backing of the local business community goes a long way in helping sustain the vital services we provide to the local communities of Hartlepool and East Durham.
“On behalf of our patients and their families, volunteers and staff I would like to thank each and everyone who was involved with the evening.”
JDR thanked hotel manager Angela Jukes for providing the venue free of charge.