More than £30,000 raised by hundreds as they kicked off Christmas at this year’s LOROS Ball

Published on 24th November 2017

More than 250 people kicked off their festive season at the LOROS Ball, raising more than £30,000 for the Hospice.

The magical evening, which took place on Saturday 18th November at Leicester’s Marriott Hotel, had a ‘Midwinter’s Night’ theme and was hosted by BBC newsreader and LOROS Patron Anne Davies.

The room was decked out with a giant snow globe and glittery decorations, marking the start of the Christmas countdown for many. Alt text LOROS Fundraising manager Laura Betts said: “The LOROS Ball is the social highlight of the year.

“It’s a chance for our supporters to get dressed up and have a fabulous evening, while really making a difference.

“A huge thank you to all of our supporters who gave so generously and helped us raise more than £30,000 for LOROS.”

Guests were welcomed with a festive-themed snowflake fizz arrival drink, which had a candy floss topping, before enjoying a three-course meal.

An auction took place, which included the likes of rugby tickets to Twickenham, a table at the Hospice’s Ladies Lunch and the chance to represent LOROS as Lionel the Lion.

Alt text LOROS patient David Needham, who is battling Motor Neurone Disease and recently successfully completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, completed the evening by sharing his story.

“Thanks to Next for supporting the event, the volunteers who gave up their time, including the hairdressers, make-up artists, wine hosts, our table waitresses, plus those who created our beautiful table centrepieces and stage displays,” added Laura.

Alt text “Of course, thanks also to our lovely Patron, Anne Davies for helping to host such a very special night of fundraising, as well as David, for sharing his inspirational story.”

Guests also enjoyed a night full of a exciting games, a raffle and the chance to really get stuck into the theme thanks to ‘Festiglow’ who helped decorate people’s faces with glitter and jewels.

LOROS supporter David Parkinson, who attended the event said: “We had a fabulous time and the team at LOROS always make a spectacular effort.

“The event itself was fantastic, a great night for a brilliant cause.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to get together and get in the festive mood; I’m looking forward to attending their next event already.”

See the photo gallery from this event for more photos.

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