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Ilkley Christmas holly ball sells out at super speed
Organisers of the 2013 Ilkley Holly Ball are “staggered” to announce tickets have sold out.
Just three weeks into the three-month build-up, all 360 seats have gone and recipient charity The Principle Trust is set to receive a £6,000 donation from funds already raised.
Rotarians Chris Woodhead and Vernon Young of Ilkley’s Pitscards, alongside local businessman Richard Wellock, relaunched the event in September as part of a plan to raise £10,000 for Skipton charity, The Principle Trust.
Chris, an Ilkley resident and director of Silsden business Advanced Actuators, said interest in the Holly Ball has exceeded all expectation and sales of tickets were much faster than anticipated.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with the response since tickets went on sale and it looks like we will raise at least £6,000 for the charity which is almost two thirds of the three-year target we set ourselves!”
The Holly Ball, which is being held at the Craiglands Hotel, is breaking its 25-year format with the added twist of food and drink being provided by local businesses including Martinez Wines, Sykes Farm and Timothy Taylors.
“Now we’ve filled all the tables we can look forward to what we expect will be a night of fantastic entertainment fuelled by locally-sourced food and drink – some of which is being donated,” Chris added.
“We’re keen not to disappoint the many people who have continued to ask for tickets so we’re now looking into the logistics of offering an additional three or four tables of ten. If anyone is interested, please contact me for more information.”
Mike Davies, founder and chairman of the Principle Trust said: “The money raised from the evening will go towards the purchase of a third holiday home in Marton Mere near Blackpool giving underprivileged and disadvantaged children the opportunity to enjoy a holiday.
“We are extremely grateful for all the time and effort that Chris and the rest of the Rotary Club are putting into the Holly Ball to help raise money for the Principle Trust. It’s been a fantastic effort to have raised so much money in so few weeks and we can assure everyone involved the funds raised will make a very real difference to many families by providing disadvantaged children in Yorkshire a much-needed holiday.”
For more information on the Holly Ball, contact chriswoodhead21@hotmail. com and follow the Holly Ball Twitter on @hollyballilkley.
For more information about the PrincipleTrust, visit theprincipletrust.co.uk.