14 October 2014

Knox ball raises more than £30,000 for Manx Cancer Help

Manx Cancer Help’s Archibald Knox Ball has raised more than £30,000.

Sponsored by Celton Manx the ball, only the third Manx Cancer Help has held, had as its guest of honour recording artist Katie Melua, the charity’s co-patron with her husband, musician and former World Superbike champion James Toseland who was unable to attend but sent a message of support via a live link.

The charity’s fundraising co-ordinator Ally Martin said: ‘The event was a tremendous success and the £30,000 raised was almost double last year’s figure of £17,000 so we’re extremely thankful to everyone who helped make the ball a truly outstanding occasion.

‘As patron and our guest of honour Katie Melua was brilliant and a great ambassador for Manx Cancer Help. She was also very generous in her praise of young singer Coral Amphlett who performed on the evening and seems destined for a career as stellar as Katie’s.

‘We are also very grateful to Celton Manx for sponsoring the ball. Their support and respected name brought tremendous kudos to the evening and, combined with Katie’s presence, led to our raising this amazing sum.’

Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘Ally and her team are to be congratulated for organising such a fantastic evening that guests, myself included, thoroughly enjoyed and where the attention to detail was exceptional. It is encouraging to see how the charity is not only growing in stature but also attracting such loyal local support. I am pleased that sponsorship from Celton Manx has helped contribute to raising the profile of Manx Cancer Help.’

Ally continued: ‘Thanks must also go to Stuart and Barbara Clague for the use of their Ballanette Estate as the venue; to G4S for security and traffic management; Manx National Heritage for their input; ELS for creating amazing hi-tech effects and to the teams at Taste and SALT for providing such excellent catering and drinks.

‘The ball took as its theme the 150th anniversary of the birth of Archibald Knox and so we were delighted that the Knox Group of Companies were kind enough to loan their Knox collection as a centrepiece which attracted a great deal of attention.

‘The first ball we held raised £7000, the second, £17,000, this year we hit £30,000 and we’re already setting our sights even higher for next year. We have plans for something truly spectacular in 2015, the like of which the Island will never have seen…and we have four tables booked already, so watch this space.’


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