Record-breaker for Whitby’s White Lily

Vicky Gladwell and Paul Pickett. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

Vicky Gladwell and Paul Pickett. Picture Kathryn Bulmer.

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Whitby’s White Lily fund-raisers have helped the group reach a record-breaking £9,000 in one year.

With £5,500 already in the bank from various money-spinning activities throughout the past year, last Friday’s glitzy White Lily Ball brought the proceeds up to a best-ever £9,000.

The cash will be split equally between St Catherine’s Hospice, Butterwick Hospice and Zoes’ Place.

Three hundred guests at The Stables were welcomed by Manhattan Jazz, who gave 25% of their fee back to White Lily funds.

Revellers had a great night dancing to the Northern Monkeys and bidding for auction prizes, which included a flight over Whitby, Scarborough and York, the chance to drive a Mini for the weekend, a week’s holiday in a lodge, and home-made furniture.

Host of the ball and main organiser Lucy Bowes said auctioneer Robert Smith entertained guests by reading extracts from her 20 Questions which we published in the Gazette last week, asking her when Henry VIII was born - she claimed to “know a little bit about him and his reign.”

Lucy said: “It was really funny - most people had read it so they knew what he was on about.

“It was a fantastic night, I’m over the moon, still buzzing.

“I could fill another 10 tables as so many people want to go.

“I’m really grateful to everyone who came on the night, gave prizes for the auction and those who raised money throughout the year.”

Lucy set up White Lily in memory of her parents, who both died of cancer.

A official presentation will be made to the three hospices in due course.