The Kaleidoscope Plus Group has raised a staggering £23,000 at our inaugural World Mental Health Charity Gala Ball
The vital money will help The Kaleidoscope Plus Group with every day running of many of our services as well as allowing us to invest in new equipment and materials for a host of popular workshops and sessions they run across the region.
Celebrities, partners, charity supporters, staff and service users were treated to an evening of fine dining and world class entertainment. Critically acclaimed comedian and ventriloquist Nina Conti had the audience howling with laughter following a moving speech from our Chief Executive Monica Shafaq on how mental ill health impacts 1 in 4 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 delighted Monica said: “The whole idea of us hosting a Gala Ball was a dream so for it to become reality is simply incredible.
“For us all here it really was a step into the unknown but for us to have initially sold more than 200 tickets and then raise in excess of £23,000 is an incredible achievement.
“The feedback we had both on the evening and in the following days really has made all the efforts worthwhile.
“The money raised will go along way in helping us to continue the work we offer across the communities we serve and where required will allow us to update our equipment and buy new materials.”
The evening also featured a short awards ceremony which included Kay Orme being named The Kaleidoscope Plus Group Volunteer of the Year Award and Black Country Housing Group scooping the Health and Wellbeing Business of the Year Award.
At the event, which was held at our Hawthorns House Conferencing and Banqueting Suite, on the eve of World Mental Health Day, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group in conjunction with headline sponsors Intraining launched a White Paper warning businesses of the cost of neglecting the mental health of their workforce.
Lindsay Shackleton, Intraining’s Strategic Partnership Manager for the Midlands said: “It was a truly wonderful evening – the level of support was amazing, which greatly contributed to its success.
“Intraining was proud to sponsor the event for a very worthwhile cause which impacts on many lives.”
Due to the success of this year’s event plans are already in place to make this a yearly event and anyone interested in finding out more should contact The Kaleidoscope Plus Group PR & Communications Manager Greg Shelton on 0121 565 5605.