10 Oct Northern Lights Ball
Guests were dazzled by the Northern Lights theme of the Sunshine Fund’s Sunflower Ball last night.
Everyone dressed to impress at the Chronicle charity’s annual fund-raising bash at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel Gosforth Park,
And, while its message is always about raising funds to support local disabled children, the evening was one of fun and celebration.
The likes of Lindisfarne’s ‘Run for Home’ and Mark Knopfler’s ‘Local Hero’ sounded out around the ballroom as guests took to their seats in anticipation of the event hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle’s Anna Foster.
With a projection of the Angel of the North lit up for all to see, the evening got underway with a reminder about what a difference the Sunshine Fund can make to the lives of disabled children and their families.
The Fund counts Ant & Dec amongst its patrons and even though the famous TV duo couldn’t be there on the night, a meet and greet with them was up for grabs as one of the auction prizes along with a chance to be a guest producer on Capital North East’s Breakfast Show alongside Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt.
Caroll Pattison, fund director, said: “A huge thank you to everyone who made the night so amazing especially to all our guests who gave so generously. The money raised on the night will allow us to buy lots of desperately needed specialist equipment to help local disabled children and their families.”
Michael Sage, from Sage Wealth Management which sponsors the ball, added: “It was a fantastic night, superbly organised by the dedicated team at the Sunshine Fund. I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to support and celebrate such a worthy cause.
“BeaconHouse Events are so delighted to have started working with the Sunshine Fund!
“It’s such a great charity with such exciting events we’re just pleased to be part of their journey and do what we can to help them raise the funds needed through fantastic events like the Sunflower Ball.”
Excitement had been building for weeks ahead of the big night and a full list of guests, including representatives from local businesses, clearly had a whale of a time.
It’s thanks to help from sponsors that the Sunshine Fund can enjoy the level of success it has in making life easier for disabled children in the region.