Thousands raised at James Bond charity ball

After ball pic  Diamonds were forever for one lucky winner of a diamond ring while others bid for prizes in the silent auction, such as signed Downton Abbey memorabilia; bought tickets for the raffle and had a go at the tombola.


The caring guests helped generate income of almost £25,000 at the event, which was held to celebrate the Ryhope hospice’s 30th anniversary and help buy and adapt a minibus for those living with life limiting illnesses and their families.


Following the ball, the hospice is hoping to raise a further £10,000 by Christmas to reach its £45,000 target to buy the minibus and cover its first year’s running costs.


Derek Moss, chairman of St Benedict’s Hospice Board of Trustees, said:


“It felt like James Bond himself would walk in at any minute with Q The Music creating a fantastic big band sound, the buzz around the casino tables and the likes of ‘Jaws’ tapping people on the shoulder.


“Everyone seemed to have a fantastic time and our thanks go to all those who dug deep and helped us raise so much to enhance the lives of our patients.”


Donations to the hospice’s 30th anniversary minibus appeal can be made by contacting the fundraising team on 0191 512 8436 or text SBHA30 £10 to 70070.

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