Charity had a ball at masked fundraiser

The Children’s Respite Trust raised £9,000 at its Masquerade Ball.

Around 200 masked people piled into The Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne, for the event, which included a three course dinner and exotic stilt walkers, opera singers, live music and a casino providing the entertainment.

An auction, which included a signed framed photograph of Olympic pin-up Jessica Ennis, raised £3,000 during the event.

The Sussex based charity’s chief executive Gavin Fisher, said: I’m delighted at the amount raised. It will make a huge difference to our work, allowing us to help more children with profound learning and physical disabilities and their families.”

The charity helps people by giving them and their families a short break at a number of respite centres throughout Sussex and Kent.

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