Fund-raisers having a ball for Army charity

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BLACK tie, evening gown, 1940s dress or military uniform is the order of the day when a fundraising event takes place at Sheffield’s Endcliffe Hall in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund soldiers’ charity.

The Grand Charity Ball is being held at the Territorial Army base on the evening of Saturday, May 21, and includes music from Blackpool-based performers, Wurlitzer player David Windle and cabaret singer Lyn Fox.

She will be singing a medley of 1940s songs.

During the bash, organised by military veterans in the Sheffield Combined Operations Headquarters unit, there will also be the chance to win prizes and take part in a raffle.

Lt Col Charles ‘Robbie’ Roberts, of Lodge Moor, who served in the Army in the 1950s and is honorary commanding officer of the unit, said: “The hall has a capacity of 150 people and we are hoping for a full house so we can raise as much as possible for the charity.

“It will be an enjoyable event and would urge anyone interested in a ticket to get in touch as soon as possible.”

The Army Benevolent Fund raises money to support for soldiers and their families at times of need.

It differs from charities such as Help for Heroes, which focuses purely on troops wounded in conflicts such as Afghanistan.

Tickets for the ball, which begins at 7.30pm, cost £12 and are available by calling Lt Col Roberts on 0114 2307531 or writing to him at 83 Westminster Crescent, Lodge Moor, Sheffield, S10 4EU.