Oulton Broad charity ball raises £3,800

Lovewell Blake charity ball organisers Mark Haylett and Beverley Luckins outside the ballroom at the

Lovewell Blake charity ball organisers Mark Haylett and Beverley Luckins outside the ballroom at the Ivy House Hotel. The event raised £3,800. Picture: Courtesy of Lovewell Blake - Credit: Archant

Numerous charities and community groups are in line for a £3,800 windfall, after a hugely successful inaugural event.

The Lovewell Blake charity ball was recently held at the Ivy House Country Hotel at Oulton Broad – and such was the success of the event that plans are already under way to make it an annual occasion.

Staff at chartered accountants, business advisers and financial planners, Lovewell Blake – which has an office on the Quay View Business Park in Lowestoft – organised the ball to raise money for the firm's LB150 Fund, which distributes grants to a range of organisations.

About 150 people enjoyed a drinks reception, three course meal and dancing to top function band 'Penfold', who have played at venues ranging from the Hammersmith Palais to the Ministry of Sound.

A total of £3,800 was raised from the event, which will go to Lovewell Blake's LB150 Fund. The fund has distributed more than £200,000 of grants to charities and community groups since being set up in 2008.

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Beverley Luckins, one of the organisers, said: 'We are thrilled at the support we received for our first ball – and we have already booked the same venue for next year.

'Everyone who came said they had a fantastic time, which made all the hard work worthwhile. We are delighted with the amount we raised, which will go to local community organisations.

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'We hope people will now put Saturday, April 14 2018 in their diaries, as this is the date for our second ball.'

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