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Masquerade Ball in the Surrey Hills marks hospice's milestone
4:34pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Local News
Supporters and staff of St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley, which serves the East Surrey area, celebrated its 30th anniversary in style with a Masquerade Ball in the Surrey Hills.
The hospice's milestone was marked with the black tie event at Denbies Wine Estate on Saturday (October 5), with organisers the New Horizons Appeal Committee. Part of the local hospice’s celebrations to mark three decades of providing free care to adults with a terminal illness, the evening was hosted by the BBC newsreader, Nicholas Owen.
Nicholas, who lives in Reigate, is also the hospice’s new patron.
The ball included a champagne reception, a three-course meal, charity auction and entertainment to get diners up and dancing. Matthew Cornish, St Catherine’s Hospice fundraising manager, said: “Our 30th anniversary Masquerade Ball was a fantastic success, with more than 200 people attending.”
He said: “We are on track to raise more than £25,000, thanks to the generosity of attendees. “The ball was a brilliant way to celebrate 30 years of St Catherine's nurses caring for local people at the most difficult time of their lives, and everyone who attended had a great time”. He added: “A huge thank you to our sponsors Berkeley Homes, Jackson Stops and Staff and Priors Mead Care Home, and to everyone who came along. “Here’s to the next 30 years of St Catherine’s care.”