Glass Slipper Ball raises £18,800 for Francis House

Supporters dig deep during an evening of virtual entertainment.

Magician Darren Brand with DJ and host Darren Proctor backstage at the Glass Slipper Ball

It wasn’t the usual venue, and guests weren’t necessarily rocking the requisite black tie and fabulous dress, but nonetheless, the Glass Slipper Ball saw supporters filling up their glasses and getting into the party spirit to help raise more than £18,000 for Francis House.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis of the past ten months, and in the wake of other events being cancelled, hospice organisers took the decision to stage the annual December ball as a virtual event.

Using the theme of Cinderella to tell guests that ‘They could still go to the Ball’, plans were put in place in conjunction with Sterling Event Group, to go all out to provide an evening of magic, music and entertainment.

"It was fantastic to be able to invite the guests who support our annual Ball so generously year on year, to be part of an evening designed to entertain whilst raising vital funds for the hospice.”

Susie Poppitt - Glass Slipper Ball event organiser

Guests were urged to dig deep and raise as much money as possible throughout the night – and dig deep, they did.

Spurred on by the show’s host, radio presenter, Darren Proctor and a great line up of entertainers including – international singer, Adam Parker Brown, Canadian soprano, Hayley Swanton, pianist, Jonathan Fisher, and the ever popular, Dominic Halpin and the Honey B’s – guests placed bids on money can’t buy auction prizes, and pledged and donated funds throughout the evening.

Darren Brand performed some mind- boggling magic and DFC Live with their 3 piece live band, saxophone and singer rounded off the entertainment on the night.

DFC Live performing at the Francis House virtual Glass Slipper Ball

“In common with many UK charities, Francis House had to cancel so many of its fundraising events due to the Coronavirus crisis. We were however delighted to be able to invite people to enjoy an evening of entertainment which included celebrity guest appearances from John Thomson, Chelsea Norris, Adam Gillen, Richard Fleeshman, Chloe Kelly and Brian Robson,” added Susie.

The hospice would like to thank everyone involved in making the event such a success including sponsors: Reisser, The Emerson Group, Beaverbrooks, ActiveUK, Intelligent Controls, Prestons and Blaze Marketing.

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