‘Harry’ joins the ball to fund wa­ter for Africa

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

Hun­dreds of chil­dren in Africa will be spared from drink­ing pol­luted wa­ter af­ter £3,600 was raised at a char­ity ball.

The Summer Gala Ball, held at the Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, was or­gan­ised by the char­ity Fields of Life, which pro­motes safe drink­ing wa­ter, ed­u­ca­tion and health in the poor­est vil­lages of East Africa.

The black and white themed event, spon­sored by Ecosan, an Ash­ford-based eco-friendly wash­room ser­vices busi­ness, raised enough money to build a well in a vil­lage and main­tain it for 20 years. More t han 100 peo­ple at­tended the party, which was hosted by BBC weather pre­sen­ter Kaddy Lee-Pre­ston and Paul An­drews from Kent Busi­ness Bunker Ra­dio.

Richard Spratt, chief exec- utive of Fields of Life, said: “We’re pas­sion­ate about pro­vid­ing clean wa­ter to the vil­lages. As a re­sult of tonight, 1,000 lives will be saved by build­ing just one well.”

Entertainment was pro­vided by dancers from the Mandy Ellen Per­form­ing Arts School in Maid­stone, celebrity looka­likes Suzie Kennedy, aka Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe and Roddy Walker, who posed as Prince Harry and 1980s-style band To­tal Re­call.

Char­lotte Webb, Kaddy Lee-Pre­ston, Roddy Walker (Prince Harry), Paul An­drews, Carl Wood and Sonja Wood at the summer ball for Fields of Life

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