THERE will be music, magic and memories galore at a Spring Sunshine Ball on Friday, April 3.It is the first formal event hosted by Bring Me Sunshine, a charity launched last May to deliver music and entertainment to care homes across the borough, as well as trips out, parties and treats for residents.
Now, the charity is putting on its first ball at St Anne’s Rugby Club in Oldham so people living with dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s can enjoy a night out with family and friends.
After raising £1,000 so far of a £1,500 target, charity founder Kelly Tracey is confident they can pull off a great evening.
“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has been fundraising or donated for our ball,” she said.
“I’m sure we can smash our target. This cost is to make sure the ball goes ahead, no matter how many tickets we sell.
“We are donating 100 tickets to local people living with dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s so they can enjoy a night out.
“For a lot of them, it will be the only night out they have like this for six months or maybe even all year so I want to make it special.
“Another 100 tickets are on sale. We’ve already sold plenty and even had some people buying tickets to donate to care home residents as they can’t go themselves.”
Money raised so far has come through donations and fundraising from local businesses and individuals, £500 secured through Action for Oldham, and a group of children is doing a sponsored swim in February at Royton Pool.
Kelly has produced a leaflet about the charity, featuring affordable advertising at just £15 for local businesses, to help raise more money.
The ball promises to be a night to remember, with Sweet Rhythm Big Band and other guest artists providing music.
There will be a carvery buffet by Marj’s Catering, a disco, raffle, and stand-up bingo.
The room will be dressed to impress and guests are invited to pull on their glad rags too, or dress in whatever they feel most comfortable in.Tickets cost £20 each and are available by calling Kelly 07939 079522 or emailing email@example.com
As well as the ball, Kelly, who performs under the stage name Kelli Stephans, has a host of entertainment lined up at local care homes, including events for Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, St George’s Day, and the Queen’s Birthday.