months ago Charlotte Reynolds attended the procession for
Rifleman Jamie Gunn's. The young soldier from Monmouth had
been killed serving in Afghanistan. Charlotte decided there
and then that she would do something to show her support
for the soldiers and their families who had given so much.
The charity she choose is Help for Heroes.
for Heroes is reliant on public donations but do a wonderful
job helping our injured troops. An idea that instantly came
to Charlotte was a ball and auction. She knew the ball would
be something everyone would enjoy (a great excuse to get
dressed up!), the auction side would raise even more money
for Help for Heroes, and with help from Jessica Teague and
a few friends she started planning the event. At first she
thought organizing such a big event in these hard economic
times would be extremely difficult, but all the businesses
have been extremely generous with the items they have donated.
Chase Hotel has kindly donated the venue for the event,
which is due to take place on Saturday, 17th October. Some
of the auction prizes which have been donated so far include:
Professional design and setting up of a Website, typically
4 or 5 pages courtesy of GMP Software worth £500; One Year's
B1 membership to Halo Leisure, worth £350 per year. Includes
access to gyms, swimming pools, spa and saunas, group exercise
classes, golf and putting, racket sports and bowling; Swarovski
Crystal and Pearl necklace and Earrings by Victoria and
Edward, courtesy of Linda Grey Bridal, worth £90; Home-made
Christmas Cake made by Sue Kirby; Bouncy Castle hire for
your event supplied by Megabounce; Crate of Cider donated
by Westons; Portrait session at RDP Photography studio for
an individual, couple or family, to include one 16" x 20"
fine art canvas of one of the resulting images, a package
worth £335; A full day's 15 mile canoe river trip from Ross-on-Wye
to Symonds Yat East for 2 people courtesy of Wyedean.
Grey from Magenta has kindly offered 10% off dresses for
anyone attending the ball (the vouchers will be given out
with the tickets.) RDP Photography will be attending the
ball to take photographs of the guests as they arrive, which
can be purchased and collected on the night for £10 (7 x
5 mounted photo). A percentage will be donated to Help for
evening includes a buffet, auction, local band SwiTch will
be performing, and a DJ. Tickets are not on sale yet, but
put the date in your diary and look out for the announcement
when tickets are on sale. Charlotte is also extremely grateful
to sponsors The Ross Gazette and The Monmouthshire Beacon.
you would like to donate a prize for the auction, please
contact Charlotte on 01989 566329 or e-mail email@example.com