A GRAND total of more than £80,000 was raised at the 12th annual Coventry and Warwickshire Business Group’s Gala Ball in aid of the NSPCC’s Boole House.
Around 500 guests, including the Lord Mayor of Coventry – Coun Lindsley Harvard – headed to the Ricoh Arena for the prestigious occasion, organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Group.
Based in Coventry, Boole House will benefit from the fundraising total as the £80,000 will help to fund an additional practitioner to help care after some of the city’s most vulnerable youngsters.
Furthermore, the total is a massive boost towards the C&WBG’s aim to raise over £175,000 for the NSPCC’ Midlands arm this year – who are now just £20,000 off their fundraising target.
On the night, generous visitors managed to raise £20,000 during live and silent auctions, and a further £30,000 has been pledged to be raised by the end of the year.
Among the fundraisers were Payne Associates’ John Payne and Christchurch Properties’ Tony Harris who have both agreed to raise £3,000 between them.
Les Ratcliffe, chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Board, said to raise a record amount of money this year is a phenomenal effort.
He added: “Every penny we raise goes directly towards helping vulnerable children in Coventry and Warwickshire.
“We will continue to strive to raise more for what is such a vital service that protects and improves lives every single day.
“We would like to thank all those who attended and donated so generously on the evening.”