Inspirational local business woman Sally Rogers has already raised an incredible £89,000 for charity and is now setting her sights on the £100,000 mark.
To help her on her way to the tasty target, she has organised a fundraising ball this March at Park Hall Pavillion with a Willy Wonka theme.
The Golden Ticket Charity Ball takes place on 9th March from 7pm. Guests will be met by Mr Wonka and the Oompa Loompas on arrival and will then be treated to a welcome drink, a three-course meal from 8.15pm, followed by a live band and disco to dance the night away.
As part of the fun at the black-tie event, there will be a golden ticket hidden in the room which will win the finder a special prize.
Sally, who owns Lawrence’s Direct stationers’ shop on Church Street, has been fundraising for various charities for 20 years after her husband Stuart was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer in 1999.
“It’s my twentieth year of fundraising this year, it all started when Stuart, my husband had cancer, we had our two sons who at the time were five and two, we were sitting in Shrewsbury hospital thanking the lord Stuart's treatment had been successful and wanted to give something back.”
Inspired by photographs of cheque donations on the walls of the hospital, Sally organised her first event - a Beach Boys-themed ball at Park Hall.
“We raised a fabulous amount for Ward 21 at RSH and it went on from then doing two balls a year raising funds for Cancer Research, RJAH Children's Ward, British Heart Foundation and others.”
Sally’s decided to support Hope House for her latest charity event after working for the local charity.
“I joined Hope House as a fundraiser and was very passionate about the work they do and how public donations are so vital, so I continued to support them. I had a break from balls for quite a few years in this time, instead taking on charity challenges. I trekked over Iceland and walked London to Brighton in 24 hours for British Heart Foundation.”
Sally’s charity ball is back by popular demand.
“Quite a few people have been asking me to do another ball, so it seemed right I did one this year to mark 20 years - and it had to be for Hope House.
“I have raised £89,265.00 since I started, which is amazing. It would be wonderful to reach £100,000, however I would love to raise at least £4000 at the ball.”
Local businesses can help with Sally’s fundraising by donating prizes for the raffle and the auction taking place at the ball.
Tables of 10 or 12 are available or individual tickets for the price of £45 per person, with all proceeds going to Sally’s chosen charity Hope House, a local children’s hospice.
To book a ticket to this event, contact Sally Rogers on 07890 713334 or email [email protected]