Tickets on sale for glitzy spring event
A variety of local charities and community groups will benefit from one of the first balls of the year, taking place at the Ivy House Country Hotel at Oulton Broad on Saturday 29 April.
Staff at local chartered accountants, business advisers and financial planners, Lovewell Blake, which has an office on the Quay View Business Park in Lowestoft, are organising the event to raise money for the firm’s LB150 Fund, which distributes grants to a range of local organisations.
The ball will feature a drinks reception, three course meal and dancing to one of the country’s top function bands ‘Penfold’, who have played at venues ranging from the Hammersmith Palais to the Ministry of Sound.
All funds raised from the ball will go to Lovewell Blake’s LB150 Fund, which has distributed over £200,000 of grants to charities and community groups since being set up in 2008.
“This promises to be a glamorous, glitzy event
,” said Beverley Luckins, one of the organisers. “The ballroom at the Ivy House is a fabulous venue, and we have managed to book one of the most popular function bands in the country. It should be a very enjoyable evening, made all the better by knowing that it will be raising money for the LB150 Fund.
Tickets for the Ball cost £50 each, and are available by contacting Beverley Luckins at Lovewell Blake on 01502 563921 or by email
. Pictured above - Ball organisers Mark Haylett and Beverley Luckins outside the ballroom at the Ivy House Country Hotel.£2,000 grant helped Pakefield charity run afternoon club for disabled young people
One group which received a donation in the last batch of grants given 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 on Morton Road, offers fun, friendship and the chance to build transferable life skills in an engaging and welcoming environment.
The LB150 Fund gave a £2,000 grant to TOPCATS 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. The club costs around £20,000 a year to run.
“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