A taste of vintage glamour was brought to Tyneside as hundreds of revellers helped to raise more than £60,000 for a charity providing vital hospice care.
The St Oswald’s Red Carpet Ball at the Hilton Hotel at Gateshead proved to be a huge hit with guests – and with the charity they all helped to support.
Featuring performances by Emmerdale actress Charlie Hardwick, monologues from classic films and a burst of Guys and Dolls the evening took guests on a magical journey through the golden age of motion picture.
The sale of tickets and auction lots helped St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth, Newcastle, to raise £65,000 to help it continue offering palliative care to adults and children across the region.
Anita Ball, the hospice’s fundraising director, said: “We raised £65,000 which was an amazing amount of money.
“It was a red carpet event and had the feel of old school glamour with monologues from famous classic films.
“We also had a fantastic company put together a spoof Bond introduction for the event which really set the tone and raised the bar of what people could expect.
“Brendan Healy was great at hosting the silent auction and we also had an auction of unusual prizes such as editing The Journal for a day which generated of lot of interest with everyone and raised between £500 and £600.”
Dressed to the nines, event goers were treated to an evening of decadence and entertainment at the Hilton in Gateshead with talks from patients and their families to help bring home the vital care the charity provides.
Anita added: “Vaughan Thompson spoke of his wife Tracy who used our services and it was incredibly moving. He has become a big supporter of the hospice raising money with a trek up Kilimanjaro and this year climbing Everest.
“We offer a wide range of support for patients but also their families. We have an occupational therapist providing offering clinical hypnotherapy to a seven-year-old with a fear of needles.
“We are always developing our services to the needs of the individuals patients.”
For more information about the hospice visit www.stoswaldsuk.org