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Basingstoke Rotary May Ball raises £25,000 for local charities

More than 250 people attended the Rotary Club of Basingstoke’s May Ball at Lord Wandsworth College raising £25,000 for local charities.

It was the fourth charity ball organised by Mark and Clare Flower, which also auctioned a wide range of items including Pixie Lott’s shoes and jump suit, a framed signed shirt from rugby World Cup winner and ex-Lord Wandsworth College pupil Johnny Wilkinson, and a signed Southampton FC shirt.

The Ball, sponsored by Renaissance Retirement, who are currently building a prestigious development in Hartley Wintney town centre, attracted a number of well known socialites, as well as a local MP.

The fundraising efforts will be divided between the local Rotary Club charities and the Cardiac Risk in the Young, who were Lord Wandsworth College’s chosen charity.

After a three course meal, guests were entertained by top rated band Mixed Feelings.

Organiser Mark Flower said; “Thank you to everyone associated with this year’s Ball who helped make it such a success. We were delighted to raise over £20,000 for some wonderful local charities. A big thank you to our advertisers and in particular Chris Goddard from Renaissance Retirement who were our main Ball sponsors.”

“Mark and his wife Clare should be congratulated on another wonderfully organised May Ball,” said Chris Goddard. “To raise over £100,000 over the last four years is a magnificent achievement.”

Pic left to right: Chris Goddard, chairman of Renaissance Retirement with Mark Flower