Fareham centre’s charity gala most successful event ever raising £37,000

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MORE than £37,000 was raised at a charity gala.

The Rainbow Centre, in Fareham, said its ball at the Southampton Harbour Hotel raised £37,812, making it the most successful fundraiser to date.

The centre, which supports children with cerebral palsy and other motor skill problems as well as adults with Parkinson’s or who have suffered a stroke or head injury, will use the money to help run its early intervention unit.

Tickets for the gala sold out in less than a fortnight and 200 guests enjoyed dinner, music, casino games and an auction.

Lara Bull, chief executive of The Rainbow Centre, said: ‘We were absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to host the inaugural ball at Southampton Harbour Hotel.

‘With so much interest in the hotel, it gave us the opportunity to make this our biggest and most successful ball yet.

‘It was a pleasure to welcome so many new guests into our family of loyal supporters at this beautiful event, and we hope that they will have gone away inspired to continue their involvement with the charity.’

The centre hopes to continue the sell-out success with more events next year.