One big party for all as good causes benefit
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.
kmfm’s Kirstyn and Webbo with the Salvation Army band
Father Christmas with Abbey Doory and Nyah Fever-Hume
The Morris and Grose families enjoy the festivities