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Date added: 20 January 2017

Roll Up, Roll Up! 

Victorian circus theme confirmed for 2017 Swindon Charity Ball
The entertainment and the band have been booked for the elegant black tie event, the Swindon Charity Ball, which takes place this year on Saturday 13 May 2017 at the Marriott Hotel.
The big Swindon fundraiser
This year’s theme is “Victorian circus” – but there will be no animal acts or sawdust on the floor. Instead, the evening begins with a glass of bubbles at the welcome reception, where the mood will be set. Then guests will be ushered into a recreation of a Big Top to enjoy fine dining. And during the evening, there will be live entertainment and music by the band 24/7.
Organised by Rotary Swindon and the Swindon Marriott hotel, with support from many local businesses and professions, to date the Swindon Charity Ball has raised more than £770,000 since the first in 1989.
£25,000 target
This year it aims to raise at least £25,000 and if it does so, 10 organisations will receive funds (see below). If more funds are raised, there are even a couple of organisations “in reserve” that would love to receive funds to assist them in their valuable work.
In addition to ticket sales, fundraising is also completed through raffles (one of which were a diamond ring worth thousands is first prize), a silent auction and a public auction, where some items bid for are truly outstanding.
Tickets cost £80 each.
or call her at 01793 813147.
The organisations due to benefit from the 2017 Swindon Charity Ball are:
Dressability, which adapts and alters clothing for people with disabilities or who are over 65 years old, has requested £2,000 to help give people with limited or no mobility and special needs a renewed sense of self-esteem, independence and dignity.

The MH Music Therapy Appeal
MHA provides accommodation and support services for the elderly in various care homes across the country, including Fitzwarren House in Swindon. The MH Music Therapy Appeal has been earmarked to receive £1,000 towards providing music therapy to Fitzwarren House residents living with dementia.
Prime Theatre
Prime Theatre, formerly known as Sixth Sense, is one of Swindon’s oldest theatre companies. Based at the Wyvern, it is made up of a professional troupe and a separate youth theatre group, which offers young people a chance to perform, receive mentoring and take part in workshops on anything from acting and playwriting, to design and production. It has applied for £3,210.
The Open Door Centre
The Open Door Centre is a drop-in centre for adults with learning disabilities. The charity encourages users to be independent through a range of fun and practical activities. It also helps them to understand their rights and choices in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment. It has requested £5,174.
Swindon Children’s Scrapstore
Swindon Children’s Scrapstore has asked for £2,516. The Scrapstore is a low-cost community resource centre and environmental charity that runs a range of projects, including the Scrappers Boxing Gym and Community Fitness Centre. Scrappers Gym provides an affordable alternative to commercial fitness centres, enabling more people, especially youngsters and those on low incomes, to exercise and stay fit.
Swindon Restore
Swindon Restore is a charity furniture shop and sister project to the Swindon Foodbank. It seeks to ‘restore’ people, whatever their level of ability, who are temporarily or permanently unable to find employment, by offering them an opportunity to get work experience and gain new skills in a safe and encouraging environment. It has asked for £1,000 to boost its ability to do this.
Swindon Ten to Eighteen Project
Swindon Ten to Eighteen Project (STEP) provides a safe and supportive environment for children and young people aged 10 to 18, who are experiencing isolation and exclusion. Through the charity, youngsters are encouraged to build and work on anything from assertiveness, anger management to self-confidence and communication and eventually learn to deal with and overcome significant issues in their lives. STEP has applied for £3,700.
Swindon Therapy Centre for MS
Swindon Therapy Centre for MS has requested £1,500 towards its continued work offering therapies, advice and support to people suffering from multiple sclerosis, and their families, in Swindon and the surrounding area. The charity actively encourages users, through mutual support, to face the reality of the progressive condition and the challenges it brings.
If you want to attend the ball, which starts on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7pm and continues until 1am on Sunday, May 14, tickets are on sale now at £80 each. Email Sue Harding at susanjharding@btinternet.com or call her at 01793 813147.
Businesses that would like to book a table of 10, be a sponor or donate prizes, should also contact Sue, who is The Charity Ball’s secretary.
If the ball manages to exceed its target – as it did last year at a record-breaking event – there are two more charities ‘in reserve’ that would also love to receive funding to continue their valuable work.
Golf Day
In addition to the ball itself, there will be other fundraising events. A golf day will be held on Friday March 31 2017. There will be 27 holes to prove which team is the best. The day will starts at Mill Brooke at 8am with bacon rolls and coffee on arrival with the first tee-off at approximately 9am.
The golf will be followed by a celebration dinner and prize giving ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, Swindon, that is expected to continue until 11pm.
To pre-register a team or place please contact: tphanley@milbrooke.co.uk
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