They’re used to kicking about with one, but a ball of a different kind has raised a fantastic £3,000 for our Hospice Heroes appeal.
A charity ball, organised by Bispham Junior Football Federation (BJFF), took place in November, but the money has just been counted and is ready be handed in for The Gazette’s campaign to support Trinity Hospice and Brian House children’s hospice.
The money was raised through an auction led by football legend and Trinity Hospice president Jimmy Armfield, champion boxer Brian Rose and Blackpool star Linda Nolan.
More than 280 people attended the dinner dance at the De Vere Village Hotel, Blackpool.
Michael Hartley, commercial and marketing manager for BJFF, said: “We’ve just got the last bits of money in.
“We’re absolutely over the moon to have raised so much for The Gazette’s campaign – it was way beyond our expectations.
“It was a tremendous show, so much so that we are already planning a follow up Dinner Dance which we have provisionally booked for October 4 at the De Vere hotel. Fortunately this also coincides with the 45th anniversary of the formation of BJFF.”
Auction prizes on the night included the chance to spar with Brian Rose at his Manchester gym, as well as signed Match Of The Day football memorabilia.
Michael added: “Brian was the star of the show, and it was great to have someone like Jimmy Armfield there as well.
“It really was a top night.”
Our campaign is aiming to raise £200,000 to pay for a massive refurbishment at Trinity and Brian House on Low Moor Road, Bispham.
The work includes creating single rooms on the inpatient unit as well as areas of privacy for patients and families.
At Brian House the children’s bedrooms will be made brighter and safer, and the kitchen will be remodelled to made it more accessible for older children.
So far we have raised £68,458, which will be put together with a grant of £250,000 from the Department of Health.
Lisa Martin, community fund-raiser at Trinity said: “I was at the BJFF Ball and it was an amazing night – a complete sell out and a fantastic opportunity to tell people about the hospice and what we do.
“It’s lovely to have a community partnership with BJFF. Their support for Brian House and Hospice Heroes means so much to us.”