Mistletoe Ball raises £66,000!

More than £66,000 was raised at The Percy Hedley Foundation’s annual Mistletoe Ball.

Over 300 guests enjoyed the Foundation’s annual fundraiser at Newcastle Marriott Gosforth Park, which was hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle’s Anna Foster.

Money raised on the night will help Northern Counties School continue its pioneering work to help more disabled children and young people achieve their ambitions and lead full and active lives.

The school, based in Jesmond, provides education for 90 children with a hearing impairment or visual impairment, profound and multiple learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder.

We are currently beginning a programme of improvements at Northern Counties and money raised from the evening will make it possible us to continue to provide the best possible services and facilities.

The theme of the ball was ‘Moulin Rouge’ and guests enjoyed entertainment from Mint Dance Entertainment and party band ‘Foxx’, while vital funds were raised through table sales, a raffle, live auction and silent auction.

Prizes in the live auction included a 5* trip to Ibiza, a Come Dine With Me experience with the head chef from the Marriott, and a stunning mint amethyst pendant from Davidsons the Jewellers. Prizes in the silent auction included a dress and pair of shoes from the wardrobe of former X-Factor judge Cheryl Tweedy, donated by her mum, Joan Callaghan.

Maria Hallett, Community Fundraising and Events Manager at The Percy Hedley Foundation, said: “The Mistletoe Ball is a wonderful event to be involved in and the support of the companies that host tables and donate prizes is amazing.

“We always work really hard to stage a spectacular event and this year it really did live up to its name! A huge thank you to everyone that attended and helped us to build brighter futures.”