One big party for all as good causes ben­e­fit

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements - by Jen Larner

CELEBRI­TIES and res­i­dents rubbed shoul­ders at an Ash­ford wine bar on Sun­day to raise money for the Sal­va­tion Army and Help for He­roes.

More than 150 peo­ple helped to raise in ex­cess of £1,500 at the event held at the Utopia Restau­rant and Wine Bar in Bank Street.

Matthew Ball, Utopia part­ner and manag­ing di­rec­tor of B. Ball Con­trac­tors Ltd – one of the event’s spon­sors – said: “I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the peo­ple and busi­nesses of Ash­ford for com­ing and mak­ing the event such a suc­cess, es­pe­cially on such a cold day.”

The event was hosted by kmfm pre­sen­ters John ‘Webbo’ Web- ster, Kirstyn Read and Adam Dowl­ing.

Among the celebrity guests at­tend­ing were Ash­ford-born 2008 Olympic gold medal cy­clist Jamie Staff, Gilling­ham foot­baller Barry Fuller and I’m A Celebrity star and ex-foot­baller Neil ‘Ra­zor’ Rud­dock who helped switch on the Christ­mas tree lights in Queen Street.

The Sal­va­tion Army band braved the el­e­ments to pro­vide the mu­sic dur­ing the day and there was also karaoke, a Wii com­pe­ti­tion and face paint­ing and an evening disco pre­sented by Webbo.

Young ma­gi­cian Lewis Fuller from Bid­den­den, whose brave fight against can­cer has been high­lighted in the Ken­tish Ex­press, also per­formed.

Pic­tures: Gary Browne PD1657901

kmfm’s Kirstyn and Webbo with the Sal­va­tion Army band

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Fa­ther Christ­mas with Abbey Doory and Nyah Fever-Hume

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The Mor­ris and Grose fam­i­lies en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties

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