Over £10,000 Raised for Soldiers’ Charity, Thanks to Essex Businesses

At a highly successful charity ball at Orsett Hall Hotel on Saturday 10 April, just over £10,000 was raised for Help for Heroes. Businesses throughout the county contributed to the success of the event, which was hosted by Essex Business Network (EBN).

During and following a tasty three-course meal, 350 guests at the event were entertained by magicians, singers Amber Van Day and Tiger Lilly, comedian Jed Stone and popular local band Abbey Rogues.

A number of celebrities also gave their time in order to help make the evening truly memorable: Amber’s Dad, David Van Day; Shane Richie; actors Lucy Benjamin and Billy Murray; Sue Moxley, Beauty Editor with The Sun newspaper; and BBC Essex presenter Sadie Nine.

Steve Trister did a superb job of running a star raffle and charity auction, which attracted generous bids from the guests. The 18 items auctioned included a set of CDs signed by Sir Cliff Richard, spa packages, an Arsenal football signed by the players and holiday accommodation in Florida. Many of the auctioned items were kindly donated by EBN members.

EBN founder, and former sniper in the Army, Steve Parker said: “It was a fantastic occasion and I am so pleased that Essex Business Network was able to support Help for Heroes in this way.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about EBN, or wishing to make a donation to be passed on to the charity, should visit the EBN website or contact Steve.


Photographs: Pictures taken at the event are on the EBN website; copies at a higher resolution can be supplied on request.

About Essex Business Network:

Essex Business Network is a not-for-profit, no gimmicks organisation that values all its members as equal dedicated networkers. Morning and evening informal networking events are held in locations throughout Essex.

About Help for Heroes:

Help for Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry after a moving visit to Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham in the summer of 2007. Bryn and Emma met some extraordinarily brave young people who had been badly wounded and they just wanted to do something to help.

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