Whitby’s White Lily Ball to switch to Raithwaite Estate

Pictured at Tuesday's White Lily handover, from left: Rachael Willmore of Zoe's Place, Lucy Wigglesworth of Raithwaite, Jess Naylor of Butterwick, Lucy Mothersdale and Emma Ward of White Lily and Nicky Grunwell of St Catherine's.
Pictured at Tuesday's White Lily handover, from left: Rachael Willmore of Zoe's Place, Lucy Wigglesworth of Raithwaite, Jess Naylor of Butterwick, Lucy Mothersdale and Emma Ward of White Lily and Nicky Grunwell of St Catherine's.

Whitby’s glittering White Lily Ball is on the move to a new destination for next summer – the Raithwaite Estate.

The Whitby Gazette can exclusively reveal that the ball organisers are switching to the luxury hotel on the Sandsend Road for next year’s money-spinning event, which will take place on June 28.

This morning, the £5,344.63 raised from last month’s ball and other fundraising throughout the year was handed over to the three hospices it supports – St Catherine’s Hospice, Butterwick Hospice and Zoe’s Place.

The handover took place within the Raithwaite grounds, with the cash split equally between the trio.

Lucy Mothersdale set up White Lily in memory of her late parents Janet and David, both of whom died of cancer.

She said: “We are so very excited about this opportunity after being approached by the fantastic team at Raithwaite.

“We have had two amazing years at the Pavilion and haven’t made the decision lightly, but are filled with excitement with the prospect of the White Lily Ball being held in such beautiful surroundings.

“We expect a sell out with tables being reserved already. We couldn’t do what we do without the generosity of the local community and our dedicated White Lily team.”

The White Lily Ball, now in its seventh year, has raised tens of thousands with the most recent event at Whitby Pavilion in June.

In a twist to the raffle this year, each balloon had a raffle ticket in so everyone won something with the ticket in the balloon corresponding to a prize on the table.

The twist worked well and the raffle sold out in no time.

Among the prizes which went under auctioneer Robert Smith’s hammer were a wine tree, stocked with wine, made by blacksmith Katy Ventress. That alone fetched more than £400.