NICE raises a remarkable £58,000 at their sell-out ball

Over 200 guests joined NICE at the prestigious Grand Hotel, Birmingham, at its biggest annual fundraiser, the NICE ball, attracting both individuals and businesses from the Midlands community, including champagne reception sponsor, Mercia Design and Build, a new supporter to NICE:

‘We as a company, were so delighted and proud to sponsor the champagne reception for the ball. The night itself was so inspiring, interactive, and it’s safe to say myself and the team had a fantastic time. NICE Charity are now held close to us, and we look forward to continuing to support in all the ways we can!’

Guests were hosted by English actress, Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, well known for her role as Zara Carmichael in the BBC soap opera Doctors and entertained by Adrian Biddell, principal auctioneer at Sotheby’s London, who conducted both live and pledge auctions, which raised a combined total of £40,550.  Total net funds raised from the night came to an amazing £57,000.

Special thanks goes to our prize-givers and to all those that made other contributions to the evening, including the NICE ball volunteer committee, heads and tails sponsor, Rudells, and to NICE’s guest speaker and patron, Eva Abley who received a standing ovation for her speech:

“My name is Eva, and I was a pupil at Red Boots Conductive Education thirteen years ago. I attended from the age of 3 till I was 6. How time flies. I was born with a condition called cerebral palsy. My parents told me that my early diagnosis was that I wouldn’t be able to walk, I would find it hard to communicate, and life would be a struggle. I think I’ve proved that diagnosis wrong, and I can honestly say it’s because of the start I had at Red Boots.

My first session with Erica was amazing. I still remember that voice in my head when I’m struggling with something. “Come On, Eva.” It gave me the foundation of never giving up, and you can achieve anything. Something that will stay with me for life”.

Events like these highlight the amazing families that NICE work with and the unimaginable they achieve, through the charity’s belief in them. NICE ensures no one faces disability alone and gives hope at a time when it is needed the most.

“Amongst the grief, fear and uncertainty, NICE have been a shining light of hope, and we have already witnessed tangible progress in just a short time.”

Parent testimonial

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