Shropshire ball to raise funds for Hope House

Dozens of people from across Shropshire are set to come together for the annual Press Ball to raise funds for the Hope House Hospices.

The event, which is organised by the county branch of the National Union of Journalists, will be held at The Wroxeter Hall Hotel on September 15th under the theme ‘Wear a Heart’.

This year’s theme has been chosen as funds raised will be split between the Lewis Prior Foundation, which raises money for Hope House, and the NUJ Extra charity, the registered charity of the NUJ.

Lewis Prior was born on August 5th, 2001, with a heart problem known as Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome. Despite a brave and strong fight Lewis died from his condition on April 6th, 2004, at just two years old.

The foundation set up his name now raises money for the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals, Hope House and the British Heart Foundation.

Lewis’s mum Karen said: “It is extremely important to us that we raise awareness about Lewis’ condition and to raise funds for the care centres and charities that helped him and continue to help others.

“The local media helped in our appeals for a heart for Lewis when he was fighting the condition and have continued to raise awareness of the Lewis Prior Foundation since his death. We are very grateful that the 2012 Shropshire Press Ball will be held in his name and we will be donating the money raised to Hope House where Lewis was well cared for.”

Kelly Goodall, area fundraiser for Hope House, said: “We are delighted that the money raised is to be presented to Hope House. 

“A huge thank you to all who support the Shropshire Press Ball and of course The Lewis Prior Foundation for their continued support. We need to raise £4 million pounds every year so we hugely rely on donations such as this.”

Rhea Alton, of the Shropshire Press Ball committee, said she is looking forward to seeing everyone come together for such a great cause.

“Lots of journalists, photographers, business people and the general public will be there on the night to raise money for Hope House and NUJ Extra and we are very much looking forward to it,” she said.

“Local businesses have donated some wonderful prizes for our raffle and auction including tickets to the Osfest 2013 Music Festival, an Outback barbecue, season tickets for English Heritage properties and much more.

“We know from past events that a great time is always had by all and our theme is interpreted as the guests wish so whether people wear a heart pin badge or dress as the Queen of Hearts they will fit in perfectly!”

Limited tables for the Shropshire Press Ball are still available and anyone who would like to book should contact Rhea Alton on [email protected] as soon as possible.

Individual tickets are £25 to include a three-course meal, drinks and dancing and tables of 10 are available at £225.

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