The Kaleidoscope Plus Group have raised a massive £20,000 at our World Mental Health Charity Gala Ball.
The money will help the charity with every day running of numerous services as well as allowing us to invest in new supplies for a host in demand workshops and sessions we run across the Midlands.
Celebrities, partners, charity supporters, staff and service users were treated to an evening of fine dining and world class entertainment at the Birmingham Town Hall.
Critically acclaimed comedians Rob Rouse, Raymond & Mr Timpkins, Mike McClean and Rudi Lickwood had the audience howling with laughter following a moving speech from The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq and Chair, Clarke Carlisle on how mental ill health impacts one in four people.
The evening also featured a silent auction and prize draw, which helped to raise thousands of pounds before Midlands based three-piece folk-pop group Waiting for Susan brought proceedings to an end.
A thrilled Monica said: “Holding a charity fundraiser such as a Gala Ball is very special to us as it allows not only to raise funds and awareness, but also acknowledges the fantastic work my team do.
“For us to have sold over 200 tickets and then raise in excess of £20,000 with the support of our sponsors is a fantastic achievement.
“The feedback we had both on the night and in the following days really has made all the efforts worthwhile.”
The evening also featured an awards ceremony which included Peter Tay being named The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Volunteer of the Year Award, MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) scooping the Health and Wellbeing Business of the Year Award and Josh “Smiiffy” Smith and Peter Tay receiving Special Recognition Awards for their production of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group’s debut charity single, “Words.”