Willow Ball’s tenth anniversary in Spalding

Enjoying the Willow Ball: (from left) Caroline Williams, Sally Hoyles, David Hoyles, Jackie Taylor, James Clark, Liz Hoyles, James Williams, Anna Hoyles, Andy Taylor and John Hoyles.
Enjoying the Willow Ball: (from left) Caroline Williams, Sally Hoyles, David Hoyles, Jackie Taylor, James Clark, Liz Hoyles, James Williams, Anna Hoyles, Andy Taylor and John Hoyles.
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A BALL featuring highlights from the past nine years has raised more than £25,000 for charity.

The tenth Spalding Willow Ball welcomed back The Searchers, who performed at the first ball, and the popular Tenors Unlimited, who are performing at the FA Cup Final this weekend.

Founders of the Willow Foundation Bob and Megs Wilson with Julia and Kevin Jamieson.

Founders of the Willow Foundation Bob and Megs Wilson with Julia and Kevin Jamieson.

The ball raises money for the Willow Foundation, a charity that pays for “special days” for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.

The charity was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and his wife Megs after they lost their daughter Anna to cancer at the age of 31.

As usual the couple attended the ball, which was held at Springfields Events Centre.

Spalding Wlliow Ball committee chairman John Turnell said: “We had 450 people attend this year, which is the most we have ever had.

“Everyone seemed to have a great time and we’re thrilled with the amount we raised.”

Other entertainment was provided by live band The Glorious One-Eyed Cats, table magicians and a Calypso band.

A game of Heads and Tails and an auction offering lots such as a table at the London Willow Ball, a round of golf with Arsenal and Tottenham footballing legends, tickets to see Take That and a holiday in Kenya, helped to boost the fundraising total.

Planning will soon be starting for next year’s ball and the organising committee is looking for some fresh blood to help out.

Anyone who is interested in joining should email John at johnturnell@freshpots.myzen.co.uk.