Black-tie ball raises thousands for needy children

Black-tie ball raises thousands for needy children

Daniel Darlington

Black-tie ball raises thousands for needy children

Fundraisers have given disadvantaged children a helping hand by bidding for lots including a David Beckham signed shirt at a charity auction.

The Link Foundation's fourth charity ball at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Marlow raised more than £13,000 for charity on Saturday.

The signed Beckham shirt, a racing helmet signed by Lewis Hamilton and luxury holidays in the Maldives and Marbella prompted fundraisers from the business community to get out their cheque books for charity.

"The event was a terrific success," said Una Loughrey, chairman and founder of the Maidenhead-based charity, who said every penny raised would be spent on helping disadvantaged children in the community.

"Everyone had a great night and that's also very important.

"We are grateful to everyone who attended and who helped us raise such a great amount of money."

The black-tie do included a four-course meal with wine, champagne reception and canapés, and entertainment from table magician Daniel Reed. There was also music from the Mean Red Spiders band.

Other auction prizes included Platinum Club tickets for the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester United in April and a tour of the Formula One headquarters of McLaren in Surrey.

The charity's next fundraising event is a fireworks display at Maidenhead United's York Road on Saturday, November 3.

The Link Foundation helps disadvantaged children and their families in East Berkshire through education, fundraising and practical help in the form of donations of food and other essentials.

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