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Whitby Ball For Alzheimers Society and Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Whitby Ball For Alzheimers Society and Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:01am 24th September 2019. (Updated at 7:05am 24th September 2019)

The Glass Slipper Ball returns to Whitby Pavilion this November, with two more charities set to benefit.

This year, monies raised will go to the Alzheimer's Society and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 

The Ball, which starts at 7:00pm on Saturday 9th November, includes a 3-course meal, games, live auction, silent auction and raffle plus live music from The Brand New Cadillacs and Disco until 2:00am.

Organiser Alison Gaines lost her grandmother to Dementia in the 1970's. She also lost her father to the same disease in 2017. She says it's vital to raise funds:

"Someone develops Dementia every 3 minutes. Currently there is no cure for the disease. 850,000 people are living with Dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to over 1 million by 2025 and 2 million by 2051. Over 42,000 people with Dementia are under the age of 65".

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance relies on fundraising to operate. They need to raise £12,000 per day. That's £4.4 million per year. And they serve a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres. 

The Glass Slipper Ball is becoming famous for its quirky ways to fundraise. Last year, organisers did a Full Monty on stage as people chucked cash in buckets. This year there will be a Burlesque performance to the music of 'Hey Big Spender'.

Alison has created the group 'The Alicats', so as well as creating a routine to wow the crowd, she's also sorting out prizes for the auctions and raffle:

"We totally rely on the auctions and raffle. We need all the prizes to start coming in so we can make it a really good. We'd love to hear from you if you can donate something".

Tickets are priced at £45. To book a table of 8, 10 or 12 or get an individual ticket, email or call Mandy Cowan on 07867 541840.

Hear Paddy's interview with Alison Gaines about the Glass Slipper Ball here. Alison starts by explaining that her chosen charity is close to her heart:


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