What A Ball! – Most raised in years in 2015
The KidsOut Ball on 5th June at The Lancaster in London raised the most ever for any event in years, a ballistic£130,000! Thanks to the generosity of support and giving on the night from individuals and businesses, KidsOut has managed to secure enough funding to achieve its best year yet for thousands of disadvantaged children across the UK.
British television presenter, Jonathan Gould, took to the stage in front of a crowd attended by people from a range of business sectors who all joined forces to bring happiness to children who have fled domestic violence to a women’s refuge.
Guests were captivated by a refuge worker and Victoria, a mother of two young boys living in refuge accommodation spoke of her experience of domestic abuse, “I had two beautiful children but I couldn’t enjoy being with them. I felt mentally and physically imprisoned.”
“The activities organised by KidsOut were really the first fun days me and the children had out together. I had always wanted to take the children to the theatre but my ex-partner would never have allowed us to do this. The first time we went to the theatre was through KidsOut.”
Living up to the Ball’s renowned first class entertainment, Barbara Speake Stage School performed iconic songs from Oliver including Food Glorious Food and Pick a Pocket. The Ball kept rolling when Tim Cronin performed his fantastic set throughout the evening along with a spectacular performance by the Big Bang Band.
Some exquisite prizes including a Wagamama chef to cook for a group of people in their home sold for £10,000 and a Ski Chalet for a week in Les Arcs sold for £8,500. In the theme of the World Cup, a signed photo of the famous Brazilian footballer, Pelé was auctioned.
KidsOut would like to thank Tanith Dodge and the Ball committee, Marks and Spencer for donating all the champagne and table flowers, Ceridian and Deloitte for sponsoring the event, all the prize donors and everyone who attended and donated for being so generous!