Charity ball raises £4,000 for hospice

Charitable guests at the Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson's fundraising ball in aid of the Butterfly Hospice Trust.
Charitable guests at the Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson's fundraising ball in aid of the Butterfly Hospice Trust.

A glamorous charity ball hosted by the Mayor of Skegness with local business support has raised more than £4,000 for an end of life hospice.

Coun Mark Anderson’s black tie fundraiser in aid of his mayoral charity the Butterfly Hospice Trust has been hailed as a ‘superb success’ after raising the phenomenal sum.

He said: “It was a fantastic evening, everyone enjoyed themselves, lots of money was raised for the hospice and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their support - the entertainment, the meal and the venue were all spectacular.

“People at the end of their lives, both young and old deserve something better than a mixed hospital ward so they can die with dignity, privacy and surrounded by their loved ones, which is why I am so pleased to support the Butterfly Hospice.”

More than 120 charitable guests attended the event at Grand Central, Skegness, on Friday to enjoy a ‘delicious’ four-course meal, sparkling champagne reception and entertainment courtesy of renowned local comedian Stefan Michaels and talented dance group Sensational Soul.

The hospice has expressed its heartfelt thanks to Coun Anderson and his guests for their support, which will help fund a new van to assist in its vital fundraising work.

Head of volunteering Davina Hellon said: “We had a great turn out and were very well supported by the local community - overall it was a real success.

“Coun Anderson had been extremely supportive since he took up his position as mayor back in May and used every opportunity to promote the hospice in the Skegness area.

“This funding is absolutely vital for us - a new van will mean that we can continue to undertake house clearances and make deliveries to our charity shops to raise more money.

“I’d also like to say a big thank you to our sponsors Western Power Distribution, Skegness McDonald’s and West Ham FC chairman David Sullivan.”

Dignitaries and supporters of the hospice from all over the county attended the event, including Lincolnshire County Council chairman Coun Robert Palmer.

He said: “I think it is fantastic - it’s something that is needed in the Skegness area and all credit must go to Coun Anderson for supporting such a wonderful cause.”

Coun Palmer and Coun Anderson teamed up to raise a further £200 for the cause by performing the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance to an amused audience.

Other funds were raised through a raffle and an auction of jewellery donated by Scott’s Jewellers.