VIP club night up for grabs

hannah robinson, richard spurr and natalie Herring
hannah robinson, richard spurr and natalie Herring

A VIP night at a club made famous by TV reality show The Only Way is Essex will be among the prizes up for grabs at a charity ball next month.

The evening at the Sugar Hut in Brentwood is to be auctioned off to help raise money for Kidney Research UK at a glittering black tie event at the South Holland Centre, Spalding.

The Snow Ball is the second event to be organised by sisters Hannah Robinson and Natalie Herring, who want to give something back to the charity which undertakes vital research for kidney patients like their mum Pauline.

Pauline (57) was born with a medical condition which has meant her kidney function has continued to decline.

At 20, she had a kidney removed and now her condition is stable through daily medication and check-ups.

Hannah said: “I started raising money for Kidney Research UK while I was a student at Spalding High School. I organised cake stalls, bring and buys, karaokes and raised more than £2,000 while there.

“It was my idea around Christmas 2009 that I decided I wanted to do something else to raise money for the charity on a larger scale and get a lot of the community involved at the same time.”

Last year’s Black Tie and Tiara Ball helped to raise more than £3,000 – an amount which Hannah, Natalie and family friend Richard Spurr hope to beat this year.

The Snow Ball will be held on Saturday, November 19, and will include live music from Crazy Ape, a raffle and a three-course meal.

The auction will help to raise additional funds, with prizes including a signed Manchester United shirt, two front-row tickets to the Strictly Come Dancing tour in Birmingham, a signed England rugby shirt and a week’s accommodation in a holiday villa in Almeria, Spain.

The star prize visit to the Sugar Hut is being auctioned by sealed bids before the event. Bids, along with contact details, should be sent to Hannah at kidneyball@hotmail.co.uk. The successful bidder will be contacted after the event.

Hannah has thanked the local and national firms which have provided auction and raffle prizes for the night.

nA limited number of tickets, which cost £40, are still available from Hannah on 07952 977705.