Glitzy ball helps raise money for Falklands heroes

GLAMOUR Organiser Louise Whitmore (centre) with guests Abigail Pallant-Sidaway (left) and Juliet Gallop.  Picture: Mick Young
GLAMOUR Organiser Louise Whitmore (centre) with guests Abigail Pallant-Sidaway (left) and Juliet Gallop. Picture: Mick Young

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GLITZ and glamour brought sparkle to Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard at a ball which raised thousands of pounds for an armed forces charity.

The Love Southsea Christmas ball at the dockyard’s Boathouse No 7 on Saturday night was organised in a bid to raise a small fortune for the Falklands Veterans Foundation (FVF).

It was all part of commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict.

Around 150 people helped to raise more than £2,000 for the charity, in what was the second festive ball by Love Southsea after a similar event last year.

Louise Whitmore, owner of events firm Love Southsea, and organiser of the ball, said: ‘The main reason behind it is because I had never been to a ball, ever.

‘So I wanted to start a ball. It’s a chance for local people to come and dress up and a good opportunity to get with friends and celebrate Christmas.’

Entertainment was provided by musicians performing the songs of Chicago, and by comedian Scott Charlton.

There were also auctions to help boost the fundraising for the Gosport-based FVF, which counts war victim Simon Weston and comedian Jim Davidson among its trustees.

Louise added: ‘Everyone was up on their feet dancing. It was such a good vibe.

‘Everybody was happy. It’s unusual to be able to have a night out in the dockyard when it’s shut.

‘The fact that it was in the historic dockyard and we were raising money for a Falklands charity, worked quite well.

‘It was brilliant, everybody had a brilliant time.’

Juliet Gallop, associate director at the Pyramids centre, was one of the guests at the ball.

She said: ‘It was fantastic. It just got better and better as the evening went on.

‘I don’t think anybody wanted to leave.

‘You hear about Help for Heroes which has so much money at the moment, but the Falklands Veterans Foundation you don’t hear much about and it’s raising awareness for it as much as anything.

‘We raised such a lot of money as well. People were just really kind.

‘It’s a totally different experience to your average Christmas party.’