THE SHAKESPEARE Hospice’s long-awaited “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”- themed ball has raised a whopping £50,000.
Some 170 guests donned their glad rags for the event at Ragley Hall in Alcester on Friday July 8, to celebrate the work of the hospice and help raise funds to support its vital work in the local community.
Guests enjoyed a three course meal, whilst being entertained by characters from Shakespeare’s famous play. They were also invited to take part in a variety of auctions and raffles – with prizes donated by local businesses and supporters.
The ball was originally due to be held back in 2020 to celebrate the hospice’s 21st anniversary but was postponed twice as a result of the pandemic.
Karen Davies, Head of Income Generation at The Shakespeare Hospice, said: “It has been a challenging time for the hospice and for each and every one of us who will have been impacted in different ways. For us, this event was even more of a celebration as it was a sign that we are slowly nearing normality and we could finally come together in support of our vital hospice services.
“The ball took a considerable amount of effort and organisation and we couldn’t have done this without the support of our ball committee set up way back in 2019. After being postponed twice, we were thrilled to finally be able to stage this event and that so many people were able to join us.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone who attended the ball and helped raise such a huge amount of money for the Shakespeare Hospice – money which will go a long way in helping us continue to provide vital palliative and end of life care across South Warwickshire and the surrounding areas.
“We would also like to extend a very special and heartfelt thanks to Lord and Lady Hertford for generously hosting the ball in their beautiful home and to Seamus and Carol Halton of Connaught Care for sponsoring the entire event”.