Guests shell out £25K at lobster ball

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A BALL with a difference, featuring a menu of lobsters sourced from Hartlepool, has clawed in thousands of pounds for charity.

The Lobster Charity Ball at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield raised £25,000 for a charity which helps people suffering from autism.

John Adamson, managing director of Ramside Estates which owns the hotel, said: “The Lobster Charity Ball was a huge success and I can’t thank the guests enough for their generosity shown on the evening.

The cause to benefit from the huge boost is Daisy Chain, a charity based in Norton in the Tees Valley.

Mr Adamson added: “Autism affects more than 2.3m people in the UK and Daisy Chain works hard to support those who are affected by it in our region.”

He said the organisers of the ball were “eager to raise as much money as possible.

“Our guests really showed their support for such a wonderful charity and hopefully the money raised will help Daisy Chain to continue their fantastic work throughout the North-East.”

Chief executive of Daisy Chain, Matt Simpson, said it was “a great honour for Daisy Chain to be the nominated charity for the Lobster Ball.”

He said: “The evening raised more than £25,000 which will make a significant difference to the families we support.”

The event, hosted by Brendan Healy, included highlights such as a performance from pop duo Go West, and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jonathan and Charlotte.

Paul Zerdin provided the laughter with a ventriloquism routine.

The event also included a fashion show from women’s premium fashion retailer Van Mildert.

Guests enjoyed a menu which included lobster fillet surf and turf with lobster sourced from a fishmonger in Hartlepool and a menu created by the Rib Room Steakhouse and Grill, who recently won an AA Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence.

The charity, established in 2003, provides services including support and activity groups for whole families.

To find out more, contact (01642) 531248.