Charity ball fundraiser a success!

Friends and family danced until they dropped on Saturday evening, at a black tie charity ball in aid of the MS Society and Down Syndrome charity, DS Achieve.

On Saturday 14th October, guests at the special event, organised by Michelle Bolton and Katherine Jardine, helped to raise £3,600 to be split between the two charities.  Held at the Noke Hotel in St Albans, guests were treated to a three course meal and coffee, incredible live music from local band Number 7 (, and more music provided into the early hours by The Noke resident DJ.  Professional photographer Bobby Lee, of Rapid Eye Images, was on hand to take stunning pictures of the guests, from which he very kindly donated all profits.

Thanks go to a large number of local businesses, including Centurion Golf Club, Lussmans, The Beech House and Emma Fletcher Photography, for very generous prizes for the silent auction and the raffle.  Also to Rachael Partis ( for donating the beautiful design work on the posters, menus, and seating plan, as well as a raffle prize.

Michelle said "The MS Society and DS Achieve are very important charities to Kat and I and we wanted to organise something fun to help raise money for such worthwhile causes.  We are delighted with how it all went.  It seems everyone had a great time, and raised money at the same time... what could be better!  We've had a number of people ask if they could let us know about tickets for next year's event, which we hadn't even considered, so that's a fantastic indicator that the night was a success.  Thanks to everyone who made it happen."

If you'd like to get involved in fundraising for the MS Society or DS Achieve, please visit the web pages:

- MS Society:

- DS Achieve's page (or email