Whitby’s glittering White Lily Ball takes place this Friday (May 29) – and organisers are confident it will be another tremendous money-spinner.
Team White Lily already have around £5,500 in the kitty from events which have taken place over the past 12 months.
These have included the Christmas fair, Tour de Yorkshire-themed fun days and locals taking part in road races and Total Warrior challenges.
On Friday, 300 people will pack into The Stables for the glitzy finale to the fund-raising year – the fourth White Lily Ball – and enjoy a night of revelry.
Such is the popularity of the ball that tickets, at £45 a head, were all snapped up months ago. Guests will be welcomed by the Ryedale Jazz band and the Northern Monkeys are also returning to get party-goers to throw some shapes on the dance floor.
An auction will further boost the kitty with a chance to win seven nights in a lodge in Lincolnshire, a 32-inch Hitachi TV, drive a Mini for the weekend, a steak night at the Hare and Hounds or dinner and B&B at Raithwaite.
All proceeds from the ball – to be hosted by radio presenter Patrick Billington – and its related money-spinning events, will be split between local hospices St Catherine’s, Butterwick and Zoes’ Place.
Organiser Lucy Bowes, who set up White Lily in memory of her late parents, is delighted with how the event has evolved over the past f ew years.
“It has grown hugely,” she told the Gazette.
“I don’t have to do as much work in advance as I did in the first couple of years.
“People are so generous and help out so much, offering support and donations – it is quite humbling.”
Lucy is not quite ready for a breather just yet. She is preparing to tackle the Great North Run for the first time this September as part of an 11-strong White Lily team.
Along with co-organiser Emma Ward, she is planning another Christmas fair for the back end of November.
She also raised £100 by putting her baking skills to good use and selling cakes she had made at home.