Now firmly established as one of Lancashire’s leading fundraising dinners, The Butterfly Ball, a glitzy star-studded event attended by more than 300 people, recently marked the 40th Anniversary of The Prince’s Trust by raising £50k to support the Trust’s work with local young people.
The Prince’s Trust offers practical and financial support to young people between the ages of 14-30 who have struggled through childhood or who are long-term unemployed. During the evening Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador, Laura Tombs, from Burnley, held the audience spellbound with her moving story of how, with The Trust’s help, her life had been turned round from the depths of despair to a brighter future which she now faces with growing confidence. She explained how she has become a far stronger person, able to do so much more than she had previously believed possible.
Butterfly Ball Events is an independent group of volunteers drawn from across Lancashire, and over the past four years has raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds for The Prince’s Trust. Its Founder and Chairman, Suzana Edwards, DL, said:
” The Butterfly Ball brings people together from all over the north west in support of The Prince’s Trust’s outstanding work. That’s why we support this charity. We are investing in our future generation, and we’re very proud to have raised such a significant sum thanks to the generosity of the attendees. We’d like to thank all our guests, sponsors and our many Butterfly Friends. The money raised will be used to enable many more young people in Lancashire to benefit from the fantastic work the charity does.”
This year’s Butterfly Ball was held in the presence of its Patron, Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire,at The Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, and featured performances from Britain’s Got Talent finalists, Old Men Grooving, and highly acclaimed vocalists, The Overtones. Guest artiste, Britain’s Got Talent judge, and former Strictly Come Dancing winner, Alesha Dixon made a surprise appearance, taking the place by storm, and quickly got everyone in the mood for dancing. Paul Guard’s Dance Band rounded off a most memorable evening.