Come one, come all to Spalding ball

Guests at 'ring-side' tables.
Guests at 'ring-side' tables.
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Roll up, roll up and raise money for diabetes research – that was the call to party-goers at a circus-themed ball in Spalding on Saturday night.

And the 459 revellers at the Castle Sports Complex didn’t disappoint either, raising a cracking £8,000.

Organisers Jenny Carr (left) and Gemma Robinson (right) with Celia Joseph of JDRF.

Organisers Jenny Carr (left) and Gemma Robinson (right) with Celia Joseph of JDRF.

The money will go to the JDRF Type 1 diabetes research charity and for the Lincolnshire children’s diabetes team to take a group of children on a stay-over trip which includes a farm visit.

This was the fourth consecutive diabetes ball and was organised by Gemma Robinson and Jenny Carr. Well over £40,000 has now been raised since the first event in 2012.

Gemma, of West Pinchbeck, was inspired to fundraise after daughter Faith was diagnosed with the condition in 2011, when just two years old.

Special guest at the ball was Britain’s Got Talent’s hula-hooping runner-up Lisa Sampson, and there was also a juggler, party games, an auction, band and disco.

There is a huge team of people behind us and I thank everyone who has supported us

Joint organiser Gemma Robinson

Gemma, who is having a short rest before looking towards next year’s event, said: “Jenny and I organised it but there is a huge team of people behind us and I thank everyone who has supported us.”

Two pages of pictures in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian!

Previously...

Diabetes sufferer Faith (3) is inspiration for autumn ball

Guest Martyn Clare spins plates

Guest Martyn Clare spins plates

Diabetes a growing problem for young

Devoted mum won’t stop in diabetes fight