Linkage Community Trust had a ball in Louth and raised £4,500

Pictured is Jagdish Dhanak celebrating his auction prize of the Manchester United signed ball, scarf and hat.
Pictured is Jagdish Dhanak celebrating his auction prize of the Manchester United signed ball, scarf and hat.

Linkage Community Trust literally had a ball after recently hosting their first Winter Ball where more than £4,500 was raised by supporters of the learning disability charity.

The event was held at the Kenwick Park Hotel near Louth.

The Winter Ball was the idea of Louth resident Sheila Wardle whose son, Mark, is a Linkage client in the town.

The ball featured an auction, raffle and the band, Starstruck Live, and it was attended by more than 100 people.

Among the auction items were a signed ball, hat and scarf from Manchester United Football Club, which fetched £400.

Sheila commented: “I was thrilled with the outcome of the ball, helped by generous bidding in the auction and raffle ticket sales.

“It was such a success that I wanted to book a date for next year right away which will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016, again at Kenwick Park Hotel.”

Julie Stubbs, Linkage fundraising and development manager, said: “It was a great night and raised invaluable funds to help find employment and job-coaching for our clients.

“It is a service that we pay for ourselves, so we’re really grateful to everyone who supported the Ball.

“There’s a lot of great fundraising going on for Linkage and we’re grateful for the help received.”