Fundraiser for two charities

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MORE than £10, 000 was raised for two good causes at a charity ball organised by Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

Representatives of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and Lost Chor - a music initiative to help dementia sufferers - received their cheques in front of over 400 guests at the Magna Centre during the recent Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards evening.

The funds had been raised by guests at the ‘Magic of the Musicals’ ball, sponsored by Tata Steel, which also took place at the Magna Centre in May.

Sarah Champion, Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “We were so grateful that the Chamber decided to adopt Bluebell Wood as their chosen charity.

“Not only is this excellent as a source of much-needed funding, but we hope that the companies involved will promote our work and encourage local families who could benefit from our services to get in touch.”

Helena Muller, Chief Executive of Lost Chord, added: “We are all enormously grateful to have been chosen as a nominated charity by the chamber.

“Lost Chord is often the ‘Cinderella’ of all the charities, as caring for older people struggling with dementia isn’t ‘sexy!’

“However we are hoping that this will help to raise awareness to the real plight of those living with dementia everywhere while, at the same time, helping to raise much needed funds for one of the most disadvantaged groups in society.”