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Exclusive 100th Birthday Celebration raises thousands for Dorset Blind Association


18th October 2018

Dorset Blind Association, a charity helping blind and partially sighted people across Dorset to live happy lives, held their exclusive Centenary Ball took place on Saturday 13th October at the Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth. The prestigious 100th Anniversary celebration raised a phenomenal £22,705 on the night: an incredible amount and also the most that the charity has ever raised in one event.

The event, which was kindly sponsored by long-running supporter Blue Sky Financial Planning, saw over 160 guests put in an appearance to celebrate an impressive 100 years of Dorset Blind Association, with guests arriving in their finest dinner suits and posh frocks to a red carpet welcome complimentary glass of champagne, followed by a three-course dinner with wine and coffee.

The Centenary celebrations were thoroughly embraced by the guests, who tried their hands at the Viva Las Vegas, danced the night away to the fantastic sounds of Swing Unlimited Big Band and participated in the accompanying raffle and auction. To get the guests up and moving after dinner, a fun and thoroughly entertaining game of Heads or Tails was played to music.

Guests had the opportunity to meet the charity’s patrons, Lord and Lady Julian and Emma Fellowes, and DBA President, James Weld. On display was an exhibition of Dorset Blind Association’s extensive history, featuring a timeline of the most important milestones in the past 100 years of this local charity.

Jonathan Holyhead, Chief Executive Officer of Dorset Blind Association, said:

“The evening was a wonderful, happy way to help celebrate our centenary. I am absolutely thrilled by the amount raised and I cannot thank people enough for their generosity. This money will go towards the provision of future services and support for blind and partially sighted people across Dorset, so a great many people will benefit from it and on their behalf I want to say “thank you”, again, to everyone who helped make the Ball such a huge success.”

The charity have now held their annual Ball for 4 years, and will be returning with their Masquerade theme next year on Saturday 26th October. Get the date in your diary now so you won’t miss out on this spectacular evening.

Dorset Blind Association receive no statutory funding, relying wholly on the kind support and goodwill of the local community to keep their vital services going. As part of their Centenary Celebration, the charity are running their 100 Club campaign; a simple but effective ask for 100 people to donate £100 to celebrate 100 years of the charity. If you would like to donate or find out more about Dorset Blind Association, please visit their website at www.dorsetblind.org.uk.

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Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
Dorset Community Foundation
Volunteering Fund