Rebecca House Fundraiser is Major Success

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This year’s Rainbow Ball has been hailed a great success, with £34,000 raised for Rebecca House Children’s Hospice.

Over 200 guests attended, including HE the Lieutenant Governor, the Chief Minister and the President of Tynwald. The gala black-tie event, sponsored by SMP Partners, was staged at the Royal Hall Villa Marina in Douglas on November 11th, just a day before Rebecca House celebrated its 10 year anniversary.

Welcoming guests to the Ball, Anne Mills – CEO of Rebecca House, explained that the special event marked the culmination of 10 month’s fundraising to mark the charity’s 10th birthday.

“It is our duty to reach out as a hospice to ensure that the people of the Isle of Man have an opportunity every single day to support our most vulnerable. The children of Rebecca House, and their families, humble us every day by their resilience, bravery, tears and most of all, laughter in the face of their adversity.”

One such example is Grace Lee, a patient at Rebecca House, who provided a very special welcome to the guests, singing ‘Beauty and the Beast’ from its namesake film and ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ from the Lion King. Her performance was followed by Hospice’s new young ambassador, 16 year old Alexandra Slater, who wowed the crowds with performances of ‘Bring Me To Life’, ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Nella Fantasia’ that were talented beyond her years.

The Ball was also attended by internationally acclaimed artist Svetlana Cameron, who generously donated a much-sought after pastel portrait commission to the evening’s prize draw and charity auction. Svetlana also displayed some of her exceptional pieces of work in an exhibition which guests were able to view in the Colonnade Suite on the night.

Mark Denton, Managing Director of lead sponsor SMP Partners commented

“Next year, Svetlana will be working with clients in London, Moscow, Rome and India, so we were delighted that such a sought-after artist has found the time to donate a commission to raise funds for such a worthy charity”.

Compèred by Geoff Corkish, other auction lots included two acrylic paintings by leading contemporary artist Iain Alexander, an original red telephone box and a meal for eight people, prepared and served by Hospice’s own catering team.

A great night was had by all with both spirits and funds being raised in equal measure.

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