Hav­ing a ball!

Char­ity night nets thou­sands for Haven

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS -

A Blan­tyre char­ity is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter net­ting thou­sands of pounds at a glit­ter­ing fundraiser.

The Haven of­fers a wide range of sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and car­ers from through­out La­nark­shire who are af­fected by life-lim­it­ing ill­ness.

It also has bases in Wishaw and Forth, and re­lies heav­ily on com­mu­nity and cor­po­rate funds to main­tain its level of ser­vice.

Al­most 200 guests re­cently turned out to sup­port The Haven’s an­nual ball at the Alona Ho­tel, within Strath­clyde Park, rais­ing over £9000.

The even­ing, hosted by DJ Steve Mckenna, saw per­for­mances from the Rock Choir and The Michael Braw­ley Big Band, while guests en­joyed fizz, fun and fundrais­ing.

Sup­port for the even­ing came in all forms, from an auc­tion and raf­fle prizes, spon­sor­ship, vol­un­teer pho­tog­ra­pher Adam Law and much more.

Haven fundrais­ing of­fi­cer, David Hen­son was part of the team that or­gan­ised the event.

He said: “It was great to see a room full of peo­ple en­joy­ing them­selves and get­ting fully in­volved in all as­pects of the even­ing and help­ing raise an in­cred­i­ble amount for The Haven.

“It was a blend of ex­ist­ing and new sup­port­ers who at­tended, and some learned more about the wide range of free sup­port ser­vices The Haven have to of­fer, which we hope will help spread aware­ness and en­cour­age in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and car­ers to at­tend.

“The night could not have run so smoothly with­out our team of Haven vol­un­teers who at­tended to our guests, and our host and en­ter­tain­ment cer­tainly en­sured there was some­thing for ev­ery­one on the night.”

He added: “The feed­back has been so pos­i­tive, which makes all the hard work that goes on be­hind the scenes worth it!

“We re­ally can­not thank ev­ery­one enough for their sup­port.

“The Haven Fundrais­ing team are al­ready look­ing at a date this space!”

Heather Gil­fil­lan at­tended the night af­ter win­ning two free tick­ets in The Haven’s You Shall Go To The Ball com­pe­ti­tion.

She said: “We all had a great night. I en­joyed ev­ery minute from the choir, the big band and the host.

“The meal was lovely and staff were friendly. It was all so well or­gan­ised. Well done to The Haven team.” for next year, so watch

The Haven re­lies heav­ily on com­mu­nity sup­port to raise vi­tal funds to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and car­ers in La­nark­shire who are af­fected by life­lim­it­ing ill­ness, and who turn to The Haven at a very dif­fi­cult time in their lives.

Their event cal­en­dar is packed with a range of events, and has some­thing to suit all who may be in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing to help.

This in­cludes The Haven Christ­mas Shop­ping Ex­trav­a­ganza on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29, at the Dou­ble­tree Hil­ton Ho­tel at Strath­clyde Busi­ness Park.

There will also be a psy­chic night in Blan­tyre Min­ers’ Wel­fare on Novem­ber 17, and a mixed Burns night in the new year, on Fe­bru­ary 9, in John Car­ri­g­ans, Blan­tyre.

Tick­ets for all events can be pur­chased by call­ing 01698 727505.

For more in­for­ma­tion on The Haven and its ser­vices visit www.the­haven­cen­tre.com.

Team It was a great night (Pic by Adam Law Photography)

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