Charity ball set to boost worthy causes

Ball organisers Mark Haylett and Beverley Luckins outside the ballroom at the Ivy House Country Hote

Ball organisers Mark Haylett and Beverley Luckins outside the ballroom at the Ivy House Country Hotel. Picture: LOVEWELL BLAKE - Credit: Archant

A 'glitzy event' is aiming to raise funds for a range of worthy causes.

Pictured in the sensory room at TOPCATS in Pakefield are (from left) TOPCATS children’s service mana

Pictured in the sensory room at TOPCATS in Pakefield are (from left) TOPCATS childrens service manager Anne-Marie Battrick; TOPCATS client Ruth; Tom Denby from Lovewell Blakes Lowestoft office; TOPCATS client Elisa; and TOPCATS fundraising manager Sara Poppy. Picture: LOVEWELL BLAKE - Credit: Archant

Charities and local community groups will benefit from a 'glamorous' ball being held at the Ivy House Country Hotel in Oulton Broad on Saturday, April 29.

Staff at chartered accountants, business advisers and financial planners, Lovewell Blake – which has an office on the Quay View Business Park, Lowestoft – are organising the event to raise money for the firm's LB150 Fund, which distributes grants to various organisations.

The charity ball will feature a drinks reception, three course meal and one of the country's top function bands - Penfold. All funds raised from the event will go to Lovewell Blake's LB150 Fund, which has distributed more than £200,000 to charities and community groups since being set up in 2008.

Beverley Luckins, one of the organisers, said: 'This promises to be a glamorous, glitzy event. It should be a very enjoyable evening, made all the better by knowing that it will be raising money for the LB150 Fund.'


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One group which received a donation in the last batch of grants given out by the LB150 Fund was Pakefield-based Topcats, which provides supported activities and opportunities for young people with disabilities and additional needs. The charity, based in Morton Road, received a £2,000 grant to support the group's afternoon club, where the emphasis is on relaxing, playing and spending time with friends using the charity's specialised equipment.

'This support has given our afternoon club a big push,' said Anne-Marie Battrick, children's services manager at the charity. 'Although we do ask parents to contribute towards the cost, to provide the specialist trained staff and bespoke equipment such as the sensory room and computers inevitably means that we need to find additional funds to keep it going. We are currently helping 86 families across Lowestoft, Beccles and Waveney, and it is only with the generous support shown by donors like Lovewell Blake that we are able to provide that level of support.'

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? Tickets for the charity ball cost £50 each, and are available from Beverley Luckins on 01502 563921 or email b.luckins@lovewell-blake.co.uk

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