Friday 10th February 2023 was a special night for Kellars, The It Matters Foundation and Martin House Hospice. 160 people were brought together at Rudding Park Hotel to raise some serious money and awareness for Martin House Children’s Hospice at the Love Ball event.
Martin House is a fully self-funded organisation that requires more than £9 million per year just to keep pushing through. The hospice receives no funding from the Government, so therefore every penny raised counts towards supporting over 400 families across the UK every year.
Hundreds of people supported the cause and evening as a whole, from small businesses to large companies, donating prizes, and money in the run up to the event, which raised a tidy sum of £35,000 by the time the day came around.
The auction raised close to £30,000, and we are so grateful that the room was filled with generous guests who supported and joined in with all of the evening activities.
Our fantastic, life-changing total for the foundation and hospice to date is £76k.
The evening had the support of some fantastic businesses:
- Kellars Flooring who kindly sponsored the welcome drinks, and rallied in lots of donations from connected companies.
- Franks the Flooring Store donated a 2-night stay at the Grantley Hotel and Spa.
- Berry’s Jewellers donated the star auction gift; a diamond pendant that retails on their site at just under £5000.
- Leeds United footballer ‘Luke Ayling’ donated a signed & worn shirt with match tickets. This prize was handed over to the winning bidder. We raised a fantastic £3000 for this! The winner kindly gave both shirts away to two young boys who he knew were big fans of Luke & Leeds United.
- Clare Wilson created all of the beautiful flower arrangements for the tables, as well as donating bespoke made Fedora hats for the auction, that raised almost £1000.
Alice Maguire, event leader, organiser and representative of the It Matters Foundation says: “We were off to a great start before the event even began, and everyone coming together on the evening is something I am so proud of, and we thank everyone for their lovely messages, kind donations, and generosity from start to finish”
Everyone was touched by Jess Herbert’s (member of the Martin House Family) presentation. We thank you for sharing your story with us, and to Martin House who supported Jess through her tough times.