The 2016 Children’s Respite Trust Diamond Masquerade Ball in Eastbourne, raised a spectacular £52,175 for the charity’s work thanks to outstanding support, setting a new record for the Charity.
Held at the Winter Gardens with 24 local firms sponsoring, nearly 500 people attended the charity’s biggest event, more than double the attendance from the previous year.
Guests donned their masks as they enjoyed a drinks reception upon arrival with entertainment from stilt walkers, aerial artists, a magician, and capped off by ten piece band The Big Kahuna.
After mingling with fellow attendees, upon entry to the ballroom guests were greeted with a splendid three-course meal, followed by the balloon raffle with a grand prize of a £1,000 diamond necklace generously donated by W Bruford Jewellers.
The grand auction followed the raffle, with lots including a jewellery making experience kindly donated by Mike Shorer, a night out at the theatre in London with dinner and chauffeur kindly donated by Glenn Snowden and Club Class Chauffeurs, Joe Marler's England rugby shirt, worn against Italy kindly donated by RSE Group, and holidays that featured a week's stay at a 5 star resort near Disneyland Paris, and a week’s stay at a 5 star luxury hotel in Las Vegas both kindly donated by 6 Steps Ltd.
The night was rounded off with a Casino Royale provided by Parlour Gaming and the winner picked up a fantastic BMW Z4 for the weekend, kindly donated by Adam Hamill and Chandlers BMW of Hailsham.
The event was ably supported by West End Studios and this year’s committee consisting of Mandy Brook, Andy & Loreen Camfield, Holly Costello, Simon Groves, Vicky Regan, Maxine Reid and Paul Roskilly.
Finally, the Trust would like to thank everyone involved in making the evening a resounding success including the sponsors and everyone who kindly donated raffle and auction prizes:
6 Steps Ltd, Lawler Davis Financial Planners, Dawson Hart Solicitors, CBL Services, Teamworx, Aspray, RSE Group, Kreston Reeves, Clearwater Safety Solutions, Handelsbanken, The Dental Barn, Switchplane, Horlock Holdcroft, W. Bruford Jewellers, McCarthy Webb Solicitors, Chapter 12 Wine Bar, Colvin Cleaning Group, Parker Building Supplies, Watsons Associates, Dobbs Logistics, LM Productions, Beautiful Design & Print, West End Studios, W Bruford Jewellers, Lydd Airport, Brighton Pavilion, The Grand Hotel and the Lansdowne Hotel in Eastbourne, The Rembrandt Hotel in Knightsbridge, Buxted Park Hotel, Mike Shorer Historic Jewellery, Delta Force, Dan Gales, Willingdon Golf Club, Go Ape, Yes Promo Products, Music Hall, Goodwood Races, Cru Bar, Fizz on Foot, Harry Potter Studios, Gold Arts, Flowers of Eastbourne, Jasmine's Beauty, JJ Cleaning Serenity Room, Pannarai Therapy, Sussex Beds, Saints, Mary Kay Make-up, Eastbourne Borough Football Club, Teamworx, Oast to Host and Chatsfield Jewellers.
Photo credit: Palmena Manolova