Just after Christmas last year a group of friends from the village of Finningley, Doncaster decided to resurrect the Finningley Ball.
This event had been taking place for a number of years to raise funds for the local primary school. But once the children had left primary school and moved up to secondary school, the fundraising came to a halt
The decision had been made, to re-instate fundraising efforts, ideas started coming together and instead of hiring a marquee it was suggested having it in Hangar 3 where the last flying Vulcan Bomber resides.
One thing lead to another and because of the fantastic work Aurora does for cancer patients in Doncaster we decided that the beneficiaries of the night would be the Vulcan to the Sky and the Aurora Wellbeing centres.
Plans went underway and the response that they got from all friends, neighbours, and anyone that got wind of the event was tremendous.
Organiser, Dot Speight said “I don’t know if it was the charities we chose, or the time of year we chose to hold the event, but following a long dark winter a chance to blow the cobwebs off and get glammed up really appealed”.
The tickets priced at £45 per head sold like hot cakes.
The event hosted over 360 guests, if they do it again they will make provisions for 400 people.
The night kicked off with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association, who entertained guests with their amazing swing band, and they even provided a singer to sing “come fly with me”. Classic rock band Wrooted followed and had everyone on their feet on the dance floor ready to dance the night away to a disco.
Guests were treated to a fabulous dinner, catered by Sandra Bishop, The Station Hotel, Blaxton provided a custom made bar with a Prosecco and Champagne table set up.
Doncaster businesses donated over £3k worth of raffle prizes, Chris Hunsley MD of Lexus Sheffield donated a sports car for a weekend along with a golf trip for the auction, and David Firth donated a fantastic Tiger moth experience along with a meal for two and a trip round the brewery to see where the Vulcan Ale is bottled.
Diamond Photo Booths of Doncaster proved very popular, along with a flight simulator that was available on the night.
All in all it was a successful evening, raising over £9,500, so same time next year!
The evening was organised by Julie Kong, Dot Speight and Sarah Jackson.
* The Aurora Wellbeing Centre’s offer a free package of Beauty Treatments and support to local patients, both men and women
* Set up in 2002 by co-founders Lynne Rothwell, Val Lepedat & Denise Dunn, to provide an uplifting environment when patients feel vulnerable and uncertain about the future.
* The first Aurora Centre was set up in the Chatsfield Suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and continues to thrive today.
* Centres in Doncaster, Worksop and Mexborough
* These services are also available to everyone for a suggested donation which helps to support cancer survivors.