Wednesday, 29 May 2024
Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Francis House Children’s Hospice supporters dig deep during sparkling evening of virtual entertainment

It wasn’t the usual venue, and guests weren’t necessarily rocking the requisite black tie and fabulous dress, but nonetheless, the Francis House Glass Slipper Ball saw supporters getting into the party spirit helping to help raise more than £18,000.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and in the wake of other events being cancelled, hospice organisers took the decision to stage the annual December ball as a virtual event.
Using the theme of Cinderella to tell guests that ‘They could still go to the Ball’, plans were put in place in conjunction with Sterling Event Group, to go all out providing an evening of magic, music and entertainment.

Glass Slipper Ball event organiser, Susie Poppitt, said:

“It was fantastic to be able to invite the guests who support our annual Ball so generously year on year, to be part of an evening designed to entertain whilst raising vital funds for the hospice.”

Guests were urged to dig deep and raise as much money as possible throughout the night – and dig deep, they did.

Spurred on by the show’s host, radio presenter, Darren Proctor and a great line up of entertainers including – international singer, Adam Parker Brown, Canadian soprano, Hayley Swanton, pianist, Jonathan Fisher, and the ever-popular, Dominic Halpin and the Honey B’s – guests placed bids on money can’t buy auction prizes, whilst pledging and donating money throughout the evening.

Lancashire’s Darren Brand performed some mind-boggling magic, and 3-piece live band DFC Live rounded off the 2 hours of entertainment on the night.

Francis House Children's Hospice supporters dig deep during sparkling evening of virtual entertainment
DFC Live performing at the Francis House Glass Slipper Ball

Susie added:

“In common with many UK charities, Francis House had to cancel so many of its fundraising events due to the Coronavirus crisis. We were however delighted to be able to invite people to enjoy an evening of entertainment which included celebrity guest appearances from John Thomson, Chelsea Norris, Adam Gillen, Richard Fleeshman, Chloe Kelly and Brian Robson.”

The hospice would like to thank everyone involved in making the event such a success including sponsors: Reisser, The Emerson Group, Beaverbrooks, ActiveUK, Intelligent Controls, Prestons and Blaze Marketing.

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