Charity ball raises £3,000 for dementia groups

The fundraising event at Stockland Village Hall was a sell-out success (photo by Fergal Jasper Photography)

A CHARITY ball and auction hosted by a local health club raised £3,000 for dementia support groups in Lyme Regis and Honiton.

B! Health & Fitness, which has branches in both towns, said its biennial charity event at Stockland Village Hall was a great success.

B! Health & Fitness owner, Craig Bernhardt, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support of local companies who donated prizes and their services to help the evening run smoothly.

“The auction prizes were superb and we can’t thank our guests enough for their generosity.”

All 120 tickets for the party were sold out. The evening included live music from local band Area 52, food cooked by chef Hugo Shuttleworth of Old Dairy Catering and a raffle, auction and, finally, Craig and his team Duncan, Scott and Joshua took to the stage while guests bid to see the quartet have their legs waxed, before turning the tables on Craig who also ended up getting his chest waxed! He said the pain was worth it as the waxing alone raised £800.

Choosing a charity this year was very easy, Craig explained.

“With a growing population that is also living longer, conditions such as dementia will only increase,” he said.

“Organisations such as the Honiton Admiral Nurse and Lyme Memory Café are vitally important to ensure support is on hand for those families affected.

“It is just unimaginable to think that a loved one whom you have been close to all your life can suddenly no longer recognise you, or where they are.

“The emotional anguish must be awful and so we wanted to try and raise some funds to help support these important groups in our local communities.”

Craig Bernhardt of B! Health & Fitness (right) presents a cheque for £1,000 to Chris Tipping of LymeForward, which manages the Memory Café

Following the event, a donation of £2,000 was made to Honiton Admiral Nurse and £1,000 was presented to Lyme Regis Memory Café.

Chris Tipping, manager of LymeForward, which runs the Memory Café, commented: “The money raised by B! Health and Fitness will enable the Memory Café to expand it’s activities to include more activities and some excursions to local attractions, which we have been desperate to do for some time.

“The money could not have come at a better time for the Memory Café as we are seeing an increase in numbers, and I feel this is just reward for the amazing hard work that our volunteers put in to make it a success. We cannot thank B! Health and Fitness enough.”

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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