Guests have a ball in aid of hospice fund

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

SOUL group The Three De­grees were the star at­trac­tion at a glam­orous char­ity ball at God­mer­sham Park. The splen­did venue, once home to Jane Austen’s brother, was an ideal spot for the Demelza May Ball which at­tracted more than 500 guests. Spon­sored by the Ash­ford­based Brakes Group, the party saw guests en­joy cham­pagne on the man­sion lawns at sun­set then a sump­tu­ous sup­per in the beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated mar­quee. An auc­tion raised more than £25,000, with lots in­clud­ing a day with a per­sonal shop­per at Fen­wick in New Bond Street, and a Renoir etch­ing. James Han­away, Demelza’s di­rec­tor of fund-rais­ing and the ball’s mas­ter of cer­e­monies, said: “The gen­eros­ity of spon­sors and other Demelza sup­port­ers, meant that the ball raised more than £100,000, all of which will go to help the chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.”

More pic­tures in next week’s Ken­tish Ex­press.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1199887

Guests gather in the grounds of God­mer­sham House

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