Having a ball will make a difference


It’s time to get your glad rags on because the third Mad Summer Ball is taking place on Saturday, July 5 in order to raise money for life-changing children’s charities.

The ball, inspired by the late Mentmore Golf Clubcaptain, Derek Mills, boasts a Pimms reception, four-course meal, midnight breakfast barbecue, and tombola and auction.

Not only that, but it is a chance to be the dancing queen to Abba tribute band BjÖrn Again and listen to internationally renowned DJ Tim Cullen.

The money raised will be distributed between four charities: Scotty’s Little Soldiers, supporting the children of those who have been killed whilst serving in the British Armed Forces, Medical Detection Dogs, a charity that trains dogs to help people suffering from life threatening illnesses, plus Starlight Children’s Foundation and local cancer charity Joss Searchlight, who both support children who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses, and their families.

Mad Summer Ball committee member and London stockbroker, Rupert Armitage, 49, said: “It all started six years ago when Derek sadly passed away from cancer in his early sixties. A group of friends were at the wake and we thought it would be a good idea to hold an event to raise money for a Stoke Mandeville Hospital mobile chemotherapy unit.

“We wanted to support a local cause in the hope that a mobile unit would ensure higher survival rate. We called the event Mad Summer Ball - Mad stands for Making A Difference.”

The committee members, who are based in Wingrave, Mentmore and Crafton, include James and Jennie Henderson, Rupert and his wife Sue, Emily Miller, Mark Purnell, Paul Nichols, Marc Smiddy, John Considine, Andi Swain, Helen Barton, and Nick and Jane Murrell.

The hard working group have been astounded with how the event has blossomed, raising £40,000 for Stoke Mandeville Hospital in 2009, and £140,000 for Help for Heroes and Care for Casualties in 2011.

Rupert said: “Derek was larger than life, and I think he would have been proud.”

The ball takes place at Upper Wingbury Farm, Wingrave, with arrival at 6.30pm. For more information visit www.madsummerball .co.uk or call 01296 752085. Tickets cost £95 per head.