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Glitter balls and glamour for charity

Glitter balls and glamour are the name of the game for Shrewsbury Town FC’s latest glamorous fixture – a fundraiser in aid of Hope House children’s hospice.

The Shrewsbury Town events team will be kicking out the football kit in favour of black tie for a gala ball at The Croud Meadow on Friday July 5. Money raised from the event will benefit local children and their families who need the services of Hope House children’s hospice, near Oswestry.

Held in the club’s Sovereign Suite, and featuring four-piece band Let's Dance, organisers are rolling out the red carpet and focusing on an evening that will appeal to anyone, whether they prefer blue and amber strip or ball gown and tiara.

The team at Shrewsbury Town regularly put on special events for other businesses. However, this is the first time in some years that they’ve hosted their own gala ball.

The ball was the idea of Hospitality Manager Max Senatore who said: "Once the football season ends, we have time to make the most of our wonderful facilities to organise a splendid night out which also raises money for local charity.”

Hospitality co-ordinator Terri Duncan said: “We really wanted to support a local charity. We have enjoyed visits from young fans who use Hope House’s respite care and support, so were aware of the brilliant work that the charity does to care for families.”

Groups of business colleagues or friends can book an entire table of 10, or revellers can buy individual seats on shared tables. Tickets include a three-course menu, auctions, a raffle and a live band. The event runs from 7.30pm–1am.

Fundraiser Bekki Fardoe said: "Thank you to Shrewsbury Town for supporting us with their fundraising Gala Ball. It promises to be a fabulous red carpet event, which will also raise vital funds that allow us to care for and support children with life-threatening conditions and their families.”

Pictured: Hospitality manager Max Senatore and hospitality co-ordinator Terri Duncan polish up the glitter ball ready for the glamorous evening fixture.