Thousands of pounds raised at annual charity ball in Barnsley

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Members of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce raised thousands of pounds for charity at their annual ball.

More than £5000 was collected for the Chamber President’s Charity Fund at the ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’ inspired ball at Elsecar Heritage Centre on May 16.

Guests from across the region gathered to enjoy entertainment from the Gillian Banks Theatre School, who performed dance routines from films from the last century, including the Wizard of Oz, Snow White and Star Wars.

President Paul Jagger MBE, who hosted the ball, said: “I am overwhelmed by the support we have received from local businesses coming together to raise thousands for the President’s Charity Fund.

“There are many charitable organisations in our region in need of support and guests of the event should be proud their contributions will go to supporting worthy causes.”

The money will be donated to local member charities at this year’s Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards.

Charities will have the opportunity to apply to become the Chamber’s charity of the year and receive a cash prize as a donation to their charity.

Of the shortlisted five charities, all will receive a donation.

Last year’s funds raised went to supporting five charities announced at the 2014 Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards – City Hearts, Health Deafinitions, The Lindley Educational Trust and Shiloh Rotherham, with The Pippa Jones Little Treasure Trust being named charity of the year and receiving the top prize.