Rio carnival-themed ball to raise thousands for children's hospice
PUBLISHED: 14:09 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:09 14 May 2019
A children's hospice has put out a plea to the public to support its work by attending a glitzy annual event.
The East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) launched its nook appeal in November 2014 to fund a new £10,000,000 hospice in Framingham Earl, near Norwich, for seriously ill children in Norfolk.
The fundraising total currently stands at £9.1 million but project leader Hannah Bloom said securing the full budget was becoming a matter of urgency.
She said: "We're extremely grateful for the support received so far. Building of the nook is progressing well and, while it's beginning to feel like the end's in sight, we hope to be able to start delivering care in the new hospice from autumn onwards, highlighting the urgency for us to continue raising money required to complete the build and fitting out."
On June 21, the annual Norfolk Show Ball will return to the showground, giving guests the chance to scrub up in black tie and "samba under the stars".
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The 2019 theme for the event is Rio Carnival and will feature live carnival performers, a four-course dinner and complimentary drinks.
More than 600 people are already set to attend and the charity said the annual soiree was a prime opportunity to support the appeal.
The dress code is described as "black tie with a colourful twist" and ball attendees are encouraged to get involved with the charity auction and raffle.
Tables of eight to fourteen are available to book at £75 per person, with corporate booking options also available.
A spokesman for East Anglia's Children's Hospices said: "The ball raises huge amounts of money for good causes. This year's will be managed by Softley Events, supported by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and sponsored by Loveday & Partners, Abel Homes and Gordon Barber Funeral Directors."
The Norfolk Show Ball's chosen beneficiary in 2018 was cancer charity the Big C, and the 1920s themed event raised tens of thousands of pounds towards a new Information centre in Norwich.
To find out more about the event and to buy tickets, visit the EACH website.