Charity ball aims to raise £20,000 for Fareham centre

Classes at the Rainbow Centre in Fareham
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AN EVENING with music, dancing and casino games is hoping to raise thousands of pounds to help families in the area.

The Rainbow Centre, in Fareham, is holding its annual ball next month and they are aiming to raise around £20,000.

With everyone’s support we are hoping to achieve an overall profit on the ball of £20,000.

Lara Bull

Tickets for the event sold out within eight days and the team at the centre are hoping it will be the most successful evening to date.

Lara Bull, chief executive of the centre, on Palmerston Drive, said: ‘With everyone’s support we are hoping to achieve an overall profit on the ball of £20,000.

‘Financially this would make the ball our most successful yet and be enough to run our parent and child early intervention service, where we work with mums and dads and their children from as young as six months, for a whole term.’

The Rainbow Centre helps support families across the south with children who have cerebral palsy or other motor skill problems.

It also helps adults who have Parkinson’s disease or who have suffered a stroke or head injury.

As previously reported in The News the centre was in financial trouble three years ago and launched a bid to raise much-needed funds to keep it open.

It had to raise £150,000 in a number of weeks otherwise it would have been forced to close.

It takes around £50,000 a month to keep it operational.

The annual ball is one of their biggest fundraisers and this year it is being held at the Harbour Hotel and Spa in Southampton.

Lara added: ‘The team and I were absolutely delighted that tickets sold out in just eight working days – again a record for us.

‘There’s lots lined up for the evening from guest photos on the stunning spiral staircase, entertainment throughout the whole evening and a casino and gin bar for those who need a rest from dancing in the stunning ballroom.

‘We hope that we do ourselves and the hotel proud and that guests leave wanting to book their tickets for next years’ Rainbow Ball.’

Moore Blatch LLP, Action Coach and Hantec System Limited and Grosvenor Casino have sponsored the ball which will also have an auction and silent auction.

For more information on the Rainbow Centre and the work it does visit rainbowcentre.org.