Evening to Celebrate £100,000 Raised at Charity Ball

On Monday 24th July Hilton Brighton Metropole hosted a cheque presentation to celebrate the success of its Midsummer Ball ‘A Night at the Musicals’, which raised an incredible £100,003.77 (net).

Beneficiary charities with cheques

To recognise the hard work of everyone involved with the Ball, Hilton Brighton Metropole hosted a celebration cheque presentation on Monday 24th July at 6pm. The Ball’s sponsors, including headline sponsors Skeritts, as well as E3 Production Group, Cardens Accountants, PSAV, Reveries and CJ Thorne Civil Engineers, and performers were invited to the hotel to celebrate and award the money to the local beneficiary charities.

The annual Midsummer Ball, sponsored by Skerritts, is organised by the hotel and DM Thomas Foundation for Young People. To help young people in Sussex, they selected Action Medical Research, Chailey Heritage Foundation, Chestnut Tree House and The Starr Trust to benefit from £100,003.77. These Sussex-based charities did a phenomenal job selling tables for the event and supporting the fundraising on the night.

At the Ball on Saturday 24th June guests enjoyed a night at the musicals competition, organised by entertainment company E3, with six local personalities taking part: Anthony Nelson representing Action Medical Research, Keris Lea for Chailey Heritage Foundation, local TV presenter Marcella Whittingdale and Matt Turner on behalf of Chestnut Tree House and finally skating star Robin Cousins and Robb Starr for
The Starr Trust. Anthony Nelson was crowned as the winner with his Gene Kelly inspired “Singin’ in the Rain” routine.

Former-Olympic champion figure skater Robin Cousins who performed Hairspray with Rob Starr, Chairman and Founder of The Starr Trust,
said, “It was a thrill to be a part of the Midsummer Ball at Hilton Brighton Metropole, and what a tremendous night it turned out to be for our amazing Sussex charities. To say it was a success is an understatement and there will be many smiling faces connected to all the charities.”

Thanks to their fantastic fundraising, the six performers raised over £10,720 for the charities via their online giving pages. Money was also raised on the night through a variety of fundraising initiatives, including a game of ‘heads and tails’ for a trip to Paris, a charity auction, including a yacht, and a wish tree.

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People helps a multitude of charities in supporting young people who may be disabled, vulnerable, sick or homeless. This is the sixteenth year that the Foundation has held a Ball in partnership with the hotel to help the young people of Sussex.

Each year a local charity benefits from a Foundation grant following the ball. This year this was extended to four local charities, who all worked on the ball committee to organise the event.

The money raised from the Midsummer Ball will be used to improve the lives, aspirations and care of disabled, sick and disadvantage young people of Sussex through the work of the five charities.

Sascha Koehler, General Manager of Hilton Brighton Metropole, said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended for their continued support for this charity event, which we are very proud to host.”

Simon Sheehan, Director of DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, said: “A fantastic night of jazz hands and fundraising! So many children in Sussex will benefit from the generous community of Brighton and Hove, who came together to make a difference. By working in collaboration with our charity partners we were able to deliver a bigger and better event and therefore help even more young people.”

Sascha Koehler also announced the 2018 date for the Midsummer Ball will be 23rd June 2018 and the launch will be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on 23rd January 2018.