Weston-super-Mare estate agent’s charity ball raises £17k for special care baby unit

PUBLISHED: 17:06 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:06 05 June 2017

People at the ball organised by Avery Estate Agents, which raised �17,000.

People at the ball organised by Avery Estate Agents, which raised �17,000.

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A charity ball organised by a Weston-super-Mare estate agents has raised more than £17,000 for the special care baby unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol.

The ball was organised by Avery Estate Agents in memory of Jack Tucker and saw more than 300 people attend from in and around Weston.

The event was held at Batch Country House, in Lympsham, and its guests enjoyed a dinner, a grand prize draw, and a main and silent auction.

Goods were donated by businesses from around the town, and included a signed Barcelona shirt, a kayaking expedition on the River Wye, and a signed England cricket shirt.

The evening was conducted by sports presenter Jim Rosenthal with Mike Ripley acting as assistant auctioneer.

Following the meal guests were entertained by a casino, horse racing and live music from Kick The Cat.

The estate agent’s director Sarah Tyson and her friend Jane Tucker have been running the event for more than 10 years, raising money in memory of Jane’s son Jack who died when he was just a baby.

He was supported by the special care baby unit in St Michael’s Hospital in 2003, when he was born 26 weeks early. Staff looked after him for 24 days, when he was in an incubator, but was not well enough to survive.

Since his death more Jane and her friends have raised more than £100,000 to support the charity, with the yearly ball a huge part of their fundraising.

Sarah and Jane told the Mercury: “It’s just so heart-warming and completely overwhelming to receive so much kindness and generosity from so many people who want to support our fundraising.”

The money raised largely pays for new equipment, and the duo added: “To see delivery of the equipment we have bought and then to see it being used to help so many babies live their lives is just so wonderful and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has helped to make that happen.”

This year the event raised a total of £17,505.50, which will pay for two much-needed ventilators for the unit.


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