Mayor’s ball is a ‘roaring success’

PUBLISHED: 10:35 21 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:35 21 April 2016

(L-R) Honiton Town Councillors David Perkins, Sheila Edwards, Clare Melbourne, Caroline Kolek, Ashley Alder, Henry Brown and Graham Smith. Photo courtesy of Chris Grady Photography.

(L-R) Honiton Town Councillors David Perkins, Sheila Edwards, Clare Melbourne, Caroline Kolek, Ashley Alder, Henry Brown and Graham Smith. Photo courtesy of Chris Grady Photography.

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The bash was put on in the new orangery at the Deer Park Hotel, and saw 133 guests enjoy a four-course supper, complete with live music and a mock casino.

The first annual mayor’s ball was held in Honiton this month – and has been hailed as a roaring success by organisers.

The bash was put on in the new orangery at the Deer Park Hotel, and saw 133 guests enjoy a four-course supper, complete with live music and a mock casino.

The event, which raised funds for Friends of Honiton Hospital, was organised by Honiton’s mayor, Cllr Caroline Kolek, with the help of councillors Clare Melbourne, Ashley Alder and Graham Smith.

Mrs Kolek chose to adopt the Friends of Honiton Hospital as her charity for the year. The group is currently fundraising for a relatives’ room at Honiton Hospital.

The bash was also supported by more than 40 businesses and organisations, which donated goods and services for the after-dinner auction and raffle.

This alone helped raise more than £2,200 on the night.

“It is really important to acknowledge and thank those businesses who helped to raise such a healthy sum for my mayor’s charity this year,” said Mrs Kolek.

“We are very grateful for their generosity. Heather Penwarden has already got a working group together to start the work on the relatives’ room.

“It is so important to have a resource like this.

“Anyone staying in hospital for a significant period of time could well have friends or family travelling from different parts of the country, or indeed the world, coming to visit.

“They will now have somewhere to stay and be near their loved one, which is so important at such a distressing time.”

In all, the ball raised £2951.58.


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