Ball raises £7,500 for children with diabetes

Ball organisers Kirsty Casey and Gemma Robinson. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG271012-561NG
Ball organisers Kirsty Casey and Gemma Robinson. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG271012-561NG

At least £7,500 was raised for children with diabetes at a ball put on by two mums.

Gemma Robinson, who has a daughter Faith (3) with type one diabetes, and Kirsty Casey say they are overwhelmed by the support they received – and will definitely hold a second ball next year.

Some 352 people attended Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex on Saturday night for a three-course meal and dancing to live music from Zebra and a disco organised by Shaun Neal and Paul Webb.

There was also a silent auction.

The mums have already presented £1,000 to the children’s diabetic ward at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital and the rest of the cash will go to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Gemma said one of the most moving parts of the night was a presentation picturing all of the local children who have type one diabetes.

Faith was diagnosed with diabetes a year ago and Gemma says she wants to raise awareness because the symptoms often go unnoticed.

She said: “We want to say a big thank you to all the people who came because without them it would not have been possible to raise so much money.”

Many local companies sponsored the event and the mums want to say special thanks to Spalding MOT and Repair Centre, S J Mills Auto Repairs, Bakkavor Spalding Staff Shop, and Tulip (Dalehead Foods).

Gemma said: “The ball was an absolute success. I never, ever imagined just how well it would go and the support from everybody was just overwhelming.”