Charity ball beneficiaries are chosen

Swindon Advertiser: Rotary Club of Swindon Charity Ball 2012 cheque presentation at the Marriott Hotel.  From left, Ian Sharpe, Bob Perry, Graham Gee, Michael Armstrong, Adam Flint and Tim Hardey Rotary Club of Swindon Charity Ball 2012 cheque presentation at the Marriott Hotel. From left, Ian Sharpe, Bob Perry, Graham Gee, Michael Armstrong, Adam Flint and Tim Hardey

THE good causes which will benefit from this year’s Charity Ball have been selected.

They include Swindon Women’s Aid, Phoenix Toy Library, Ridgeway Breast Care Support Group, Swindon Carers and Toothill Junior Youth Group.

Kay Sharpe, the chairwoman of the breast cancer support group, said: “We’re very pleased, it’s fantastic to be chosen as we are the only group specifically for breast cancer in this area. “We will use the money for a therapy day in April open to anyone who has been affected by or suffered from breast cancer.

“The idea is to have different holistic treatments with taster sessions and also to provide a voucher for further sessions afterwards when people sign up for the day.”

The group, which relies on donations, was founded by volunteers connected to Ridgeway Hospital but is open to people from across Wiltshire and further afield.

The good causes were selected by the Rotary Club of Swindon, which founded the ball.

The event, held at the Marriott Hotel, in Old Town, has to date raised £640,000 for more than 50 local charities, with donations ranging from £1,000 to £49,000.

Over the years the ball has enjoyed the support of many local businesses including Zurich, Nationwide and npower, as well as Deacons the Jewellers, the Marriot and the Adver.

Tim Hanley, this year’s chairman of the ball’s organising committee, said: “It is this support, together with everyone who gives of their time so freely, that ensures the continuity and success of the charity ball. “Achieving the milestone of 25 years of such wonderful fundraising for local charities and organisations is something that Swindon should be justly proud of and we want to celebrate this with a spectacular anniversary charity ball in 2013.”

The event has been titled The Glitter Ball and will take place on May 11.

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