Snowflake Ball Fundraising Success from Home-Start in Suffolk

Local charity Home-Start in Suffolk staged their 4th Annual Snowflake Ball Fundraiser on Friday 17th May at the Hanger at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall and sponsored by Ufford Park Hotel.  With record numbers of attendees, the event extravaganza treated more than 200 guests to a fun filled evening.  The impressive sum of £26,880 was raised to help support vulnerable families in the Suffolk community.

Coinciding with the charities 20th Anniversary guests had the opportunity to win one of 20 amazing prizes including an Afternoon Tea for two at the Shard.  In addition, the charity’s hugely successful auction saw some astounding bids on some amazing items including wonderful works of art, a collection of special edition books signed by best-selling author Anthony Horowitz OBE and a holiday to a beautiful St Ives property with stunning sea views.

The evening was hosted by Tara Somers, CEO of Home-Start in Suffolk and Tim Holder, Development Director of Suffolk Community Foundation.  Anthony Horowitz OBE, the new Patron for Home-Start in Suffolk was announced mid-evening; with a specially filmed video explaining why he is passionate about supporting the charity.  His message was clear;

“I love that Home-Start in Suffolk brings their amazing network of volunteers from all over Suffolk, giving up their time, providing support and friendship where it really matters; inside the community; inside people’s homes.  Becoming not just their helpers but their friends.”

To kick start Home-Start’s 20th Anniversary celebrations the Platinum Challenge was unveiled – an opportunity for local businesses to support the charity by sponsoring a year and pledging to raise £1,000 over the year through a variety of fundraising activities.  2016 was the first of the years to be sponsored by Liddy Pheasant of Stubborn Mule Travel with 5 others snapped up within minutes. 

Tara Somers, CEO of Home-Start in Suffolk said: “The Ball has exceeded all our expectations and has achieved so much not only in terms of fundraising revenue which will be used to fund recruitment and training for more fully trained volunteers but it was a chance to remind people what we do at Home-Start and how hard we work for families with children in the Suffolk Community.  Providing support and professional friendship at a time it is needed.”

Home-Start continues to look for volunteers from the Suffolk Community or those who may be interested in holding an event on behalf of the organisation. 

We still have a few of our Platinum Challenge years available for sponsor so if your organisation  would like to get involved or for more information email ali@homestartinsuffolk.org or call 01473 621104.

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