An Arabian Delights summer ball, hosted by Hope House children’s hospice, was a magical evening which raised a magnificent £35,000 to support local children and families.

Revellers enjoyed a night filled with enchantment, escaping into a whole new world of Arabian wonders for a colourful evening of fun and fundraising at Lion Quays Resort, near Oswestry. The event was a feast for the senses, featuring glamour, delicious food and drink, live entertainment and auctions.

The evening featured a guest appearance by mum Rhiannon Jones who captured everyone’s hearts with a moving speech about how Hope House supports her two-year-old son Axel as well as her and his siblings.

Silent and live auctions boosted the fundraising, with prizes including a signed Wrexham FC football shirt, dining experience at Docket Restaurant, in Whitchurch, gin experience at Ludlow Distillery and a tour of Dyfi Distillery. The auctions alone raised over £22,000.

Guests were left amazed by surprise singing waiters, and danced the night away thanks to live music from Rhythm Train.

Fundraising team leader Cat Dowdeswell thanked everyone who was part of the sumptuous event.

She said: “What a wonderful evening! Thank you to everyone who joined us for a fabulous night of Arabian Delights. We’re thrilled that everyone had a lovely time and were all so kind and generous. We are very happy to have raised more than £35,000. Everyone’s contributions will go a long way in supporting our mission to be there for every family who needs us.

“Thank you as well to our generous sponsors, Select A Skip, GS and PA Reeves and Shropshire Welding who helped make this night possible.”

Picture credit: Russ Davies.