Magical Neverland ball for CHAS

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Balhousie Care Group’s annual ball, which transported guests to the magical world of Neverland, has raised more than £38,500 for its nominated charity, the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

Around 250 people attended the event at Dundee’s Landmark Hotel where they were entertained by comedian Bobby Davro, X Factor singer Gamu Nhengu and Tay FM DJ Stuart Webster.

Dundee band Eat the Peach kept the party going until the early hours.

The evening had a special Peter Pan theme to mark the 150th anniversary of author J M Barrie’s birth in nearby Kirriemuir, and Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell and Smee were among the special guests.

In keeping with the magical night in Neverland theme, youngsters at Rachel House - Scotland’s first children’s hospice – were asked to decorate giant banners featuring the Disney characters, which were displayed at the ball.

The night raised a total of £38,532, which will support CHAS’ work providing the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

Guests bid for a number of prize lots in an auction and silent auction, including a film script signed by Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor and a guitar signed and donated by singer Amy Macdonald.

Other lots included a trip to Marrakesh, a week in the Algarve, a trip in a hot air balloon, a theatre weekend in London and a VIP package to watch Scotland play the Czech Republic at Hampden.

Tony Banks, chairman and founder of Forfar-based Balhousie Care Group, which has 21 care homes across Scotland, said: “This year’s ball was an absolutely fantastic night and we are thrilled to have raised so much money for CHAS. Everyone had a great time and our entertainers Bobby Davro and Gamu went down a storm.

“We chose the theme of Peter Pan to reflect the close links our local area has with J M Barrie and to mark the anniversary of his birth, and it was important to us that the children at Rachel House were able to get involved and do such a good job of decorating our banners.

“Thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended we have been able to raise more than £38,000 for Balhousie Care Group’s nominated charity CHAS, which will go a long way to support the invaluable work it does caring for children and their families.”

As its nominated charity, Balhousie Care Group has already donated tens of thousands of pounds to CHAS.

Roslyn Neely, CHAS director of fundraising and communications, said: “The Balhousie Care Group pulled out all the stops this year to host an incredible evening in aid of CHAS and we were delighted to be involved in such a prestigious event.

“All the money raised will help children and young people with life-shortening conditions, and their families, who use our hospice services across Scotland.”