Charity Ball sparkles with over £16,000 raised

Our annual Ball sponsored by EDF Energy returned this weekend raising over £16,000 for our local charity and our work supporting local young people to overcome challenges they face including mental health and unemployment. Thank you so much to everyone who supported this event and helped us to raise such an amazing total!

The Inspire Suffolk Charity Ball was held at The Hangar, Milsoms Kesgrave Hall and was hosted by one of the UK’s most exciting entertainers and magicians Michael J Fitch who wowed the crowd with his amazing close-up magic.

The money raised will support our work with local young people around the county, helping them to overcome challenges onto a positive future. The grand total of £16,000 could fund six outward bound residential programmes, which will aid around 100 young people, or over 30 young people on an industry-specific course to gain relevant work-related qualifications and skills or over 200 hours of free sports for local young people, keeping them active, building confidence and keeping them out of trouble.

The evening included a grand auction with a collection of must-have prizes including golf with Ipswich Town stars Terry Butcher and Simon Milton, Made to Measure suits from COES and stays at Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel’s luxury lodges, a Golden Ticket prize of an overnight stay at the Salthouse Harbour Hotel’s best room, a Gift Tree supported by local shops, spas and restaurants and casino entertainment, all adding to the total raised. Thank you to all the local businesses and individuals who donated prizes and supported these on the evening too – we simply couldn’t do it without you!

Take a look at the prizes that were on offer here.

Sara Warburton, Fundraising & Events Officer at Inspire Suffolk, said:

“We are amazed by the level of support that we have received for our Ball once again. The backing from local businesses and individuals was unbelievable and helped us to raise our greatest total yet!

We rely solely on our fundraisers, donations and grants so this will be a fantastic boost to our work and will help us to support and change many local lives.”


To find out more about our work with local young people click here, or to attend more of our events visit here