Rhythm & Grooves charity ball raises over £80,000 for The Children’s Trust

More than 220 supporters attended a fundraising event at The Savoy on Friday 12 October, sponsored by Surrey Homecare. A performance by music legend Marc Almond OBE, who sustained a brain injury himself in 2004, was the highlight of the evening. Guests jumped to their feet to dance to Tainted Love, which he played twice due to the fantastic reaction of the crowd. Presenter Jenni Falconer and broadcaster and charity Ambassador Nicholas Owen hosted the event which included moving performances from young people who received specialist rehabilitation at the charity. The Children’s Trust Ambassador Elaine Paige OBE was also in attendance, and was surprised when she won first prize in the raffle, a diamond necklace donated by Tim Hallett. However, Elaine very kindly put the necklace back into the draw and it was won by another lucky supporter. Dalton Leong, Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust, said: “It was a wonderful evening and we are so grateful for the generosity of our supporters. Over £80,000 was raised and this will help us give many more children with a brain injury the opportunity to live the best life possible. We were especially pleased to welcome some of our young people back to perform and talk about their experiences. It is great to be able to showcase our work in this way while raising crucial funds for the charity.” Whether it’s through an accident or an illness, when a child acquires a brain injury they often lose the ability to walk and talk, to focus or do anything for themselves. Music is one of the tools The Children’s Trust uses to help children reconnect with the world around them and relearn the skills they have lost. The Children’s Trust Rhythm & Grooves Ball forms part of a wider campaign, The Extraordinary Music Box Appeal, which highlights the magical way in which music can reach children undergoing rehabilitation after a life-changing brain injury. For more information or to find out about The Children’s Trust’s forthcoming events, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk

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