Hospice party raises £27,000

HAVING A BALL: Some of the people who went to Hospice Isle of Man's Pearl Ball

HAVING A BALL: Some of the people who went to Hospice Isle of Man's Pearl Ball

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A Pearl Ball raised more than £27,000 for Hospice.

It was was held at the Villa Marina, Douglas, and sponsored by Coutts

Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood was among the 220 guests.

Chief executive for Hospice, Margaret Simpson added her thanks to John Morphet for his generosity prior and during the event and Charles Alexander Jewellers for their support of Hospice.

She said: ‘It is truly gratifying and stunning to make £27,000 profit from one event but this would not have been possible without the support of Coutts and everyone involved in making Hospice’s Pearl Ball an event to truly remember.

The ball launched a year of celebrations for Hospice Isle of Man in 2013, commemorating 30 years of palliative care on the island.

Guests enjoyed an early Christmas turkey dinner, provided by Brian Keenan and his team from the Empress Hotel.

The charity was set up in the Isle of Man in 1983. It now looks after more than 350 patients and their families every year. The children’s unit, Rebecca House, currently looks after 24 children.

Every year Hospice needs to raise more than £3.5 million to continue its excellent level of service and continue to provide a wide range of care.

It is particularly fitting that Coutts and its founders were involved with this event.

From as early as the 19th Century, philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts (granddaughter of Thomas Coutts) was one of the first to support cancer research. She had a significant impact on society through her philanthropy. Indeed she supported and funded many projects for local hospitals, children’s education, housing for the poor and the protection of animals.

In addition, Hospice thanked Kevin Ford, the compere for the evening, and Georgia Maddocks for her endition of Somewhere over the Rainbow accompanied by the Kelly Sweetman String Quartet.

Hospice also thanked Shelby Sandyford-Sykes, Harvey Gough’s family, Balloonatics, Andrew Barton, Marco Leonetti at Utopia, Ron Berry, Monsoon and Laxey Blacksmith, the Villa Marina team, Douglas Corporation and A3 Marquees.

During the evening, ‘surprise’ guests appeared and burst into song with performances from the west end as well as classical opera.

This element of surprise was brought to the Villa by a group called Incognito.

David Batey, director for Coutts in the Isle of Man, said: ‘Following my recent visit to the Hospice I saw at first hand the tremendous work that goes on.

‘Coutts are proud to be associated with this charity that offers such an important facility for the island.’

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