Farleigh Hospice held a Gala Ball for 146 guests at Chelmsford City Racecourse on 25th February. We at Hill & Abbott were lucky enough to sponsor this incredibly stunning event for such a worthy cause.

The event was hosted as part of a #LoveFarleigh campaign which ran throughout February.

Guests were treated to a four-course meal with table entertainment, raffles, casino, photo booth, live music from a truly talented local band – Three Mile Hill, and a live auction which included a six-day African Safari trip on the Zulu Nyala Game Reserve, and an authentic signed football from Chelsea Football Club.

There was a warm vibrant atmosphere as you climbed the steps and entered the Race Course welcomed by hosts, a harpist, stilt walker and a cool crisp glass of Prosecco. As the casino buzzed nearby guests were lead into the main room, which was lit beautifully in pink with sparkly dancefloor, and large balloons decorated with hearts for the theme of love adorned every other table.

With everyone’s help the Ball managed to raise an astonishing £16,000!!

We cannot thank all that attended enough for the overwhelming support of such a wonderful charity like Farleigh Hospice.

Kerry Huggins, head of litigation here at Hill and Abbott, said: “The Farleigh charity is so important in the community. In my experience you don’t need to talk to many people to find someone who has had a loved one, cared for by the Farleigh Hospice. The lovely people at Farleigh looked after one of our team only last year, so we have a very strong connection and are always happy to support any events that we can.”

Our sincere gratitude goes to all that helped make the event such a success;

  • The volunteers & Staff
  • The hosts, Chelmsford City Racecourse
  • Picture Perfect for providing the formal photography
  • Harpist, Lynn Creasey
  • Halo Entertainment for providing the stilt walker
  • Toastmaster, Richard Palmer
  • Tiffany’s Balloons for providing the balloon centrepieces
  • Magician, Trevor Cline
  • One for providing the photobooth
  • Rebecca Wrigglesworth, for her heart-warming speech
  • Jokers Wild for providing the casino
  • Auctioneer, Barry Thackwray from Aston Barclay
  • Three Mile Hill for providing the musical entertainment
  • Everyone who donated decorations, raffle prizes, and items for the auction

A lot of people think that hospices only care for people with cancer, but this is not the case at all. A person affected by any illness that is considered life-limiting (e.g. cancer, neurological disease, chronic heart, lung and renal disease) can access the services provided by Farleigh Hospice at any stage of their illness.

Whether a patient requires relief from symptoms, help to live independently, expert advice, specialist care in a comforting environment, or bereavement support, Farleigh Hospice is there when people in our community need care and support most https://www.farleighhospice.org/