CHARITABLE partygoers at the annual Grace Research Fund Ball pulled out all the stops to raise over £1,000 for the local neonatal charity.
Guests at the black tie themed ball wined and dined with nurses from the neonatal unit as well as families of children who had previously been cared for on the ward and received support from the charity.
In total, £1,178 was raised in aid of the charity – and money will be used to fund research into the causes of premature births and the best forms of neonatal care in the area.
An impressive £510 donation was made through a silent auction that took place on the same night.
Activities over the course of the evening included a three course dinner followed by a DJ and disco as well as fundraising exercises including a raffle.
The winner of the silent auction’s top prize walked away with two places in a hospitality box for England’s home One Day International fixture at Trent Bridge later this summer.
Dr Andrew Coe, consultant paediatrician at University Hospital said: “The ball was a fantastic event, and we’re delighted with the amount raised.
“Fundraising events such as these are a fantastic way of not only raising the profile of Grace Research Fund, but also allowing the neonatal team to catch up with the families of premature-born babies who were cared for on the unit.
“All of the £1,178 raised will go straight towards researching the best methods of neonatal care for children and their families across Coventry and Warwickshire.
“We have lots more fundraising events to look forward to throughout the summer including the Two Castles Run in June and our annual summer party on Saturday (June 25).”
For more information or to get involved with either the Two Castles Run or the Grace Research Fund Summer Party, email firstname.lastname@example.org.