The first-ever Friends of Linkage Winter Ball went so well that the organisers have already booked a follow-up for 2016.
More than £4,500 was raised by supporters of the learning disability charity at the event held at the Kenwick Park Hotel near Louth. The Winter Ball was the idea of Louth resident Sheila Wardle whose son, Mark, is a Linkage client in the town.
Linkage has been actively recruiting volunteers for its Friends’ initiative, which is helping to raise money for the charity’s Employment Services programme. This helps people with learning disabilities find jobs.
The Ball featured an auction, raffle and the band, Starstruck Live, and it was attended by more than 100 people. Among the auction items were a signed ball, hat and scarf from Manchester United Football Club, which fetched £400.
Sheila says: “I was thrilled with the outcome of the Ball, helped by generous bidding in the auction and raffle ticket sales. It was such a success that I wanted to book a date for next year right away.”
The 2016 Ball, which will come the end of Linkage’s 40th anniversary year, will take place on Saturday 12th November at the Kenwick Park Hotel.
Julie Stubbs, Linkage Fundraising and Development Manager, said: “It was a great night and raised invaluable funds to help find employment and job-coaching for our clients. It is a service that we pay for ourselves, so we’re really grateful to everyone who supported the Ball. There’s a lot of great fundraising going on for Linkage and we’re thankful for the help received.”
My son went to Linkage with no confidence. Now he doesn't want to come home because he's busy with friends. This is brilliant!