Many leading local businesses and generous Teessiders helped raise £14,000 for the Philanthropic Foundation through a unique £200-a-ticket draw that took place on the day the charity’s Annual Ball would have taken place.
Following the difficult decision to cancel the annual fundraising Ball for the first time in the nine years since the Foundation was formed, those who’ve often supported the event were instead asked to purchase a ticket for the special prize draw.
Generous supporters donated a number of impressive prizes including a £5,000 holiday vouchers from new patron Frances Connolly.
The monies raised will enable the Foundation to gift short breaks at the charity’s three caravans near Filey to struggling Teesside families who would otherwise find it impossible to fund such a break.
Lee Bramley, the Foundation’s chair of trustees, said: “We were all disappointed that we weren’t able go ahead with the Ball this year – but we were determined to do all we could to fill something of the £75,000-plus gap the event normally raises.
“Once again, our patrons and supporters responded with incredible generosity. Some donated very special prizes, while many purchased the £200 raffle tickets to help us raise £14,000.
“The £200 price of a ticket equated to the cost of a caravan break for one of the disadvantaged local families we want to help – so raising £14,000 means we’ll be able to fund short breaks for no fewer than 70 families, which is fantastic news.
“Thanks again to all those who supported us and congratulations to the prize-winners.”
The prize winners were:
• £5,000 Holiday Voucher (donated by Frances Connolly) – Martyn Pullin, FRP Advisory
• Table of 10 at our next year’s 10th Anniversary Ball – The Build Directory
• £500 voucher for Rockliffe Hall (donated by Erimus Insurance Brokers) – Square One Law*
• £500 voucher for wine from Newhouse & Co (donated by PX Group) – David Shawcross (Anderson Barrowcliff)
• £750 voucher for Grantley Hall in Ripon (donated by Mandale) – Ramsdens
• Weekend stay at a house in Whitby close to the town, sleeps 7 (donated by Active Chartered Financial Planners) – AV Dawson
• Two return flights from Teesside International Airport to Heathrow plus two-night stay at Hilton London, Syon Park (donated by Teesside International Airport) – Caswell Group • Dom Perignon Champagne gift box (donated by Devereux Transport and Distribution) – Active Chartered Financial Planners
• Porsche driving experience at Silverstone including overnight stay (donated by Porsche Teesside) – Frances Connolly
• Canvas of landscape photo by Michael Cartwright (donated by Yarm Studios) – Peter Davison
*Both Square One Law and Frances Connolly have donated back their prizes for future Foundation fundraising.