The Phoenix Ball Sponsored by Annexio

The Children’s Centre Phoenix Ball
Michael Smethurst receives a standing ovation

A beautifully decorated Prince Albert Suite at The Empress Hotel was the venue for The Children's Centre 'Phoenix Ball'.

Sponsored by Annexio, the event was attended by over 170 guests who enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal, charity auction and entertainment before dancing the night away.

Head of the Children's Centre, Joff Whitten was thrilled by the support of guests.

"It was a tremendous evening and so great that we on island can host events like this – especially in the current global climate. We had a chance to tell our stories to old friends and new and it was incredible how generous people were in support of our charity".

Joff had welcomed guests before they were addressed by chairman of The Children's Centre trustees John Spellman. A short video, including words from past clients and families supported by the charity, was then played to a silent audience.

The video was followed by guest speaker Michael Smethurst, who had received support from The Children's Centre from the age of 5 to 15. A standing ovation followed after the guests had listened to how the Michael and his mother received help from the charity and how this had made such a huge impact on his life and kept him on track into adulthood. The Children's Centre work with around 60 Michael's each week, and the monies raised from the Ball will be used to support more young people over the coming year.

A prize draw on the night was matched pound for pound by Barclays, which the charity was extremely grateful for.

The auction raised almost £11,000 which included items such as a signed golf shirt by the 2013 US open golf champion Justin Rose and the Children's Centre experience, the organisation's adventure-based activities programme.

Joff added: 'It was a fantastic night and the amount raised will make a huge difference to the children, young people and families that use our services - we are deeply humbled and very grateful.'

John Spellman from Annexio followed up by saying "We are very proud to support The Children's Centre and are delighted that the event was such a success."

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