On a balmy summer evening, 400 guests arrived at the City Central Marque at the Honorary Artillery Company in London for the annual Lighthouse Club Charity’s Summer Ball.
Welcomed with champagne and cocktails in the stunning orangery, guests enjoyed the garden terrace and soaring temperatures.
As host for the evening, Aaron James rallied the audience into bidding over £8000 for a unique piece of London skyline artwork painted by renowned artist Ben Mosley.
A three course meal was delivered to a backdrop of music by ABBA tribute band, Platinum and people were soon on their feet dancing to classic ABBA hits.
The sensational fun fair provided plenty of entertainment and guests enjoyed old-time rides including the carousel horses, dodgems and ferris wheel.
The evening ended with a disco that had everyone up on their feet again and made sure that the renowned Summer Ball ended on a glorious high.
An impressive £40,000 was raised during the evening thanks to the sale of raffle tickets, very generous table collections and eager on-line silent auction bidders.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Club Charity said: “We are continually amazed at the generosity of people and, as always, we would like to thank all of our supporters who attended on the evening, our sponsors and to all of the helpers who make sure that the evening goes with a swing. The money raised from our Summer Ball will go a long way towards helping us continue with our building mental health programme and ensuring that all our construction workers and their families know where to turn to in times of need.”
Last year, the Construction Industry Helpline supported over 1500 construction families in crisis and over 400 families were granted £735,000 of emergency financial help. Of the 1500 calls into the helpline, 1100 of these were given advice and support on issues ranging from stress and depression to legal, debt management and taxation advice.
The Charity receives no public finance and relies on the support of industry and its nationwide network of 21 independent, volunteer-managed Regional Lighthouse Clubs to fund its charitable work.