Following on from our own fundraising efforts last Autumn in our Great Arden’s Bake Off, we were thrilled to be invited to the glitz and glamour of Zoe’s Place Hollywood-themed ball before Christmas which raised a fantastic £27,000 for the hospice.
More than 130 guests including business leaders from across the region attended the event at the Hilton Hotel in Coventry to raise funds for the only facility in Coventry dedicated to babies and young children.
It was an excuse to get our best frocks on to enjoy three-course meal, saxophonist, silent auction, ring-in-a-box and heads and tails that made up some of the entertainment on the night whilst local radio presenter Bob Brolly MBE, Patron of Zoë’s Place, compered the event.
Among the speakers was Sarah Sale, whose daughter Jaime recently passed away. One of only six known UK sufferers of SMARD (Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress), Jamie who attended the hospice since it first opened in 2011 caught the eye of Gary Barlow when he visited the hospice in 2013.
Pledges on the night topped £24,000 while ticket sales took the fundraising total to more than £27,000. The event also marked the launch of a pledge appeal for an end-of-life nurse and so we were very proud to announce that Arden’s contributed £4,000 to the appeal on the night.
Muna Chauhan, Corporate Manager of Zoë’s Place, said: “The Hollywood Ball was a fantastic event and much enjoyed by all.
“We can never lose sight of the fact that if we are to keep our doors open 24/7 we need to raise £1.3 million a year. It is no mean feat and as such we continue to appeal to the public and our supporters to come forward and take on a challenge and raise funds however they wish to help us meet this goal.”
Gail Nelson from Arden’s added: “The ball is just one of a number of events organised to raise funds to enable the hospice to provide round-the-clock respite and palliative care for terminally ill children aged 0 to 5 so Zoë’s Place is our chosen charity for any fundraising achieved by Arden’s this year.”
For more information on how you can help the hospice reach its target email email@example.com or call 024 7636 1675.
Photograph caption: Ooh don’t the Arden’s Commercial & Development team scrub up well!