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Beresfords and friends raise over £14,000 for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

By Nicki Treffers - 25 October 2016

Over 150 people enjoyed a night of fun and sophistication and raised over £14,000 for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance at our inaugural charity gala ball on 21 October 2016.

Sponsored by Lancaster and in partnership with Essex Life, guests were treated to a gala dinner and charity auction hosted by BBC Look East and ‘Inside Out’ TV presenter, David Whitely. Attendees had the chance to bid for a range of high profile prizes, such as a ‘money can’t buy’ guided tour of the Bentley car factory, a Maserati for the weekend, a private chef cooking experience, a fabulous five star holiday in Greece and many other items. 

To help bolster the money raised, a high profile raffle was also conducted for prizes such as leading sports memorabilia, afternoon teas, restaurant vouchers and luxury hampers.

Paul Beresford, Chairman/Managing Director of Beresfords Group, is delighted with the success of the organisation’s first fundraising ball. He says: “We are so pleased with the outcome; we’ve been overwhelmed by the region’s kindness in offering such amazing auction and raffle items as well as the generosity of those who attended on the night.”

He continued: “Beresfords is committed to supporting its local communities and by raising much-needed funds for an organisation that is there for us all, and our loved ones, it is the ideal partnership.”

The charity gala ball also included a showcase of top of the range cars from Lancaster, live music, top DJ and magician.

Maria Alexander, Head of Fundraising, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust, adds: “Each year we have to raise £6.5 million to continue offering our free-of-charge life-saving service to the people of Essex and Hertfordshire. Thanks to the generous support from organisations, such as Beresfords, we are able to keep our helicopters and experienced teams of doctors and paramedics operational.”  

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