Batch charity ball raises thousands

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 August 2014

Batch Country Hotel guests

Batch Country Hotel guests

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THREE people who organised a luxury charity ball raised £6,000 for a popular Weston charity.

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The friends organised the Bit Of A Ball event at Batch Country House hotel in Lympsham to raise money for Weston Hospicecare.

The occasion, which was held on July 11, was planned by Alison Wilkinson and Richard Banwell, who both live in Mark, and their pal Rachel Bennett who lives in Berkshire.

They arranged the evening to remember their former teacher, Dick Edmonds, and their friend, Colin Adams, who were cared for by the hospice.

All three were taught by Mr Edmonds at Hugh Sexey Middle School, where Alison now works.

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Mr Adams was from Sand, near Wedmore, and died in November.

The ladies set up a photo booth and raffle during the night to help raise cash and Richard kicked off a game of Irish bingo while in his role as master of ceremonies.

There was also live music from local band Snappa.

Alison said: “We had such a fantastic time at a wonderful venue.

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“James and Anna Brown from the hotel were very supportive. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

“I can’t believe we’ve raised so much - £3,000 on the night and then Rachel’s employer, Lloyds Bank, matched it for us so we were really delighted to hand a cheque for £6,000 over to Weston Hospicecare.”

There were more than 300 people there on the night to support their friends and colleagues.

Hospicecare fundraiser Lynette Preston said: “We’re so grateful to Alison, Rachel and Richard who wanted to celebrate their friends’ lives while raising money to help other people facing something similar.

“They put so much energy, passion and commitment into making this event happen and it certainly paid off. This money could pay for our bereavement support service for two months, benefiting hundreds of people who have lost someone they love.”

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