A spooktacular Halloween ball for animal rescue centre

A fundraising ball is being held for to Stubbington Ark, pictured
A fundraising ball is being held for to Stubbington Ark, pictured
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The RSPCA hopes to raise thousands of pounds for the Stubbington Ark with a fancy dress Halloween ball.

The Stubbington Ark, at Fareham, has suffered a drop in income recently and has been forced to make redundancies.

It is hoped the ball at Titchfield Community Centre, on October 29, will give the charity at least a £2,000 boost.

Businesses have generously donated top auction prizes, including cookery lessons with television chef Jamie Garcia and even a kite surfing lesson.

Nikki Taylor, who is organising the event, said: ‘I learnt that the RSPCA Solent branch needs £3,500 a day to run and is self-funded.

‘As a local event planner and animal lover, I approached the charity and offered my services free of charge and they wanted to host a Hallowe’en ball.

‘We are incredibly lucky that Jimmy Garcia has donated a one-on-one cooking session for our auction and there will be lots of other great prizes to bid on too.

‘Using my wand of wisdom I am pleased to say Dibbens, the local estate agents, have sponsored the advertising boards.

‘I would also like to personally thank Just for Tonight, our band for the evening, and Lady Luck Casinos, who are donating not only their time but also their services and talent.

‘It would be my personal goal if we were to raise more than expected. It’s going to be a spooktacular night.’

The other lots to bid on include gym memberships and an MOT.

The prize for the best fancy dress outfit is an afternoon tea for two at Donny’s, at Stubbington.

Guests will be treated to delicious food, a live band and entertainment including a blackjack table, all for just £20 – which goes directly to help the local charity.

Doors open at 7.15pm and the evening will include a slow-roasted pork buffet and a vegetarian option.

To purchase your ticket, call Stubbington Ark on 01329 667541 or visit any of the RSPCA Solent branch charity shops.

Alternatively, go to form.jotformeu.com/62494196655367.