A masked ball is to be held to raise funds 

A CHARITY masquerade ball will be taking place in Hayling Island next month to raise money for charity.

The event, which is being held at The Langstone Hotel in Northney Road, will be taking place on Saturday, October 13 in aid of the National Autistic Society, The Brain Tumour Charity and Mind.

Rachel Pickard, from Gosport, is organising the event, using her background in beauty pageants as a springboard for the ball.

She said: ‘I have always wanted to host a ball to fundraise for charity, and I am extremely lucky that being part of the pageant community has allowed me to choose my own platform and charities to fundraise for.

‘We are on the search for any companies that would like to donate raffle prizes and are welcoming everyone that would like to come, including children.’

Tickets will cost £25 for adults and £15 for children up to 12 – to book people can call 07714 955954