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gatsby raises £25,000 for tŷ hafan

A dazzling evening of 1920s-inspired entertainment has raised more than £25,000 for children’s hospice, Tŷ Hafan.

Sponsored by Contract Services Group, the charity’s annual fundraising ball held at the Swansea Marriott included a gourmet dinner, golden balloon raffle, auction and casino.

Gatsby Ball

Up for auction on the night was a Caribbean cruise, a rugby ball signed by Leigh Halfpenny, tickets to the Six Nations, a three-course dinner and overnight stay for two at The Hardwick in Abergavenny and a flying experience with rugby star Ian Gough as the pilot.

Guests were treated to goody bags filled with exclusive treats from jewellery designer Carrie Elspeth, L’Oreal, Wally Green Preserves and MAC Swansea.

But amid all the glitz and glamour, there was a serious message to the event – with one parent, Rob Jones from Ceredigion, delivering a heart-rending speech about the support his 11-year-old daughter Poppy and the whole family have received from Tŷ Hafan.

Events Manager Mair Kinsey said: “Thank you to our sponsors, compere Kev Johns and our guests, who helped make this evening so special. We hope they had an amazing night.

“Every year Tŷ Hafan has to raise £4million to provide its free services to families in Wales. Only with our supporters’ generosity can this continue.

“With the money raised at events such as our Gatsby Ball, we are able to recruit more nurses and offer even more support to families, allowing us to be there for them for however long they need us – at home, in hospital, at school and in our hospice.”