Jungle night raises £14,000 for Holt charity

Just Regional
Feb 4, 2016 2 mins read

The Auden Theatre was transformed into rainforest for a night for a charity event which raised a huge £14,227 for Holt Youth Project.
The Madagascan Rainforest Ball welcomed 163 people, including patron of the charity Norman Lamb, to Gresham’s School theatre on Saturday, January 23, to enjoy the themed event and raise vital funds for the project in association with Ormiston Families.
The night was organised by Alison Mawson, Catherine Scott, Diana Jacob and Karen Siddall, our front cover stars, who said they were “delighted to have raised so much money for such a worthy cause”.
Diana said: “Gresham’s School catering team Chartwells produced a delicious Madagascan-themed feast. The Auden Theatre was imaginatively transformed into a rainforest and us four dressed in traditional Madagascan lambas. Last Lemur Standing was played by almost everyone and the winner kindly donated his winnings back to Holt Youth project.”
Many local businesses and individuals supported the event by lending decorations and donating raffle prizes and a wide variety of promises for an auction.
“Auctioneer James Glennie managed to persuade bidders to dig deep into their pockets for the charity. Sally Taylor and her Midnight Soul Band kept the dance floor full with their lively playing and everyone had a fantastic evening,” added Diana.
The total profit will be used to help young people struggling with mental health issues, who are taking part in the Achieving Confidence Training provided by the charity.
Mr Lamb said of the evening: “It was great to spend the evening raising money for Holt Youth Project. I would like to congratulate the organisers for arranging such a fantastic event and raising such a considerable amount.
“Holt Youth Project is a great cause and I hope to visit again in the near future”.
The four organisers are going to trek through Madagascar in October to raise more money for the charity. Collection boxes are at the Holt Medical Practice and Siddalls of Norfolk in Holt. All funds donated will go directly to the Holt Youth project. The organisers will be covering all their own expenses for the trek and travel.
The pictures are all by Rodney Smith from the Photographers’ Gallery in Holt, who donated his services and photographed the evening’s festivities.



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