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Carers having a real ball

The fourth annual charity ball in aid of Blackpool Carers Centre, was held at the Imperial Hotel, North Shore, Blackpool. From left,  Jo Henderson (volunteers co-ordinator), Jane Crawshaw (volunteer), Lauren Codling (volunteer), Sian Howarth (volunteer), Amy Gunniss (volunteer) and Kay Shawcross (Support Services Manager and Ball organiser).

The fourth annual charity ball in aid of Blackpool Carers Centre, was held at the Imperial Hotel, North Shore, Blackpool. From left, Jo Henderson (volunteers co-ordinator), Jane Crawshaw (volunteer), Lauren Codling (volunteer), Sian Howarth (volunteer), Amy Gunniss (volunteer) and Kay Shawcross (Support Services Manager and Ball organiser).

An evening packed with glitz and glamour celebrated the work of Blackpool Carers Centre at the weekend – and raised thousands of pounds for the charity.

The event, at the Imperial Hotel, Blackpool, has raised an amazing £7,800 for the organisation.

Chief officer Michelle Smith said more money was still expected to come in, which could boost funds to more than £8,000.

She said: “Saturday’s ball was a great success.

“This fund-raising raises money to fund specialist activities for carers, both young and old.

“It was a sold-out event – the first time in four years – with 320 people attending, which contributed to a real party atmosphere.”

The money was raised through auctions and a raffle of 90 prizes, which had been donated by local businesses and residents.

During the evening, which was hosted by Radio Wave’s Hayley Kay and Ged Mills, awards were presented to individuals, a school and a GP practice which had made a difference through their caring.

Blackpool Carers’ Centre is an independent local charity which provides a range of services to support and enhance the lives of unpaid carers throughout Blackpool.

The centre currently has more than 2,100 adult carers on the database supported by several adult carers support workers. It provides many courses, groups and clubs for carers in addition to the general information and support service. The centre also runs a counselling service.

The young carers’ service began to operate in 2006 and the workers provide a comprehensive service to over 270 local young carers.

 

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