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Harrogate Mayor's charity event raises over £125,000

Harrogate Mayor's charity event raises over £125,000

Published at 7:02am 23rd April 2017.

The "huge generosity" of people has been praised by the Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate.

Councillor Nick Brown recently hosted a Magical Spring Ball to mark the close of his year in office and it raised over £125,000 for his five chosen local charities.

More than 340 people attended the event at the Old Swan Hotel, with fierce bidding for both silent and live auction lots, which included everything from a summer evening helicopter flight across North Yorkshire to a half-day consultation with award-winning garden designer and broadcaster Matthew Wilson.

Councillor Brown said: "The event exceeded all the expectations of both myself and my hard-working Ball committee, with proceeds in excess of £125,000.

"None of this would have been possible without the huge generosity of all those who gave their time to help organise the event, our fantastic sponsors, everyone who donated superb auction lots and prizes for our Tree of Life, fun games and, of course, all those who attended and dug deep to benefit the charities."

The event had an Alice in Wonderland theme, with characters from the story popping up, tables named after events in the story and a themed menu devised by the Harrogate District's only Michelin-starred chef, Frances Atkins, of The Yorke Arms at Ramsgill.

The auction was conducted by Charles Hanson, who is best known for his appearances on TV shows Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, and the Master of Ceremonies was Harry Gration from BBC Look North.

Proceeds from the event will go to Harrogate Homeless Project, Saint Michael's Hospice, Harrogate Choral Society, the Cathedral Concert Society - Ripon and the Northern Aldborough Festival.