30 Sep Downtoon Abbey Ball
THE clock turned back almost a hundred years last night for The Chronicle Sunshine Fund’s annual Sunflower Ball.
The Downtoon Abbey Ball saw Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park taken back to the glamorous 1920s with guests sporting appropriate tuxedos and ball gowns. Guest enjoyed a sparkling wine reception followed by a three-course meal at the annual event for our fund, which has to date raised thousands of pounds to change the lives of children with disabilities in the North East.
There was also superb live entertainment, a disco and some exciting surprises thrown in to the mix along with the traditional fundraising fun, all compered by Metro Radio’s Anna Foster.
Among the VIP guests were fund patrons ITV Tyne Tees presenter Pam Royle and paralympian gold medallist Stephen Miller from Cramlington, as well as North East actress Charlie Hardwick.
Businesses attending included ITV, the Apartment Group, Keith Pattinson, Northern Power Grid and Gordon Brown Law Firm.
The main sponsor for the event was ITPS with intu Eldon Square and Intu Metrocentre sponsoring the entertainment. Pam said: “It is a privilege to be the patron, I always look forward to this event.
“It is always such a fantastic event, they always come up with new different ideas so even if you have been coming for year on year, there is always something different and surprising. It is always a great night.”
Clare Savory, events manager for the fund, said: “A huge thanks to our sponsors ITPS, Intu Eldon Square and Intu Metro Centre. We are delighted to have raised over £20,000 to support children with disabilities in the North East.
“Many thanks to all the companies that supported us with prizes and to our fantastic compère Anna Foster.”