Help needed for charity's first ball

A VITAL charity which is organising its first ever ball is today asking local businesses for their support.Orwell Mencap's Ipswich-based Genesis group provides a wide range of care, support and training for people with learning and physical disabilities.

A VITAL charity which is organising its first glitzy ball is today asking local businesses for their support.

Orwell Mencap's Ipswich-based Genesis group provides a wide range of care, support and training for people with learning and physical disabilities.

The Orwell Mencap Genesis Charity Ball will take place on Saturday, October 13, at the Hotel Elizabeth in Copdock, and organisers suggest booking tables now to avoid disappointment.

All the money raised from the event will go to funding the charity's work.


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Facilities at the centre, in Wright Road, include an air-conditioned sensory room with full wheelchair access, an IT suite complete with interactive white board and internet connection.

The charity offers practical workshops to provide vital skills for those hoping to move into paid employment.

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There is also a range of activities for users to enjoy, from pottery, art and crafts, to cookery and aromatherapy.

Robert Downes, chairman of Orwell Mencap, said: “Providing services of the highest quality and a programme of continuous improvement presents a considerable financial challenge so all support is welcome. All the proceeds from the event will be used to further our work in Ipswich.”

Tickets cost £35 and include a three course meal and live music from the Glamtastics. The evening will run from at 7pm until 1am, and the dress code is black tie.

For those unable to attend, there is the opportunity to donate to the charity's prize draw or auction, through sponsorship of this event or by giving a donation directly to Orwell Mencap.

Do you have a charity event you want to promote? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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