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The Wight Brainy Bunch held their annual winter-themed black-tie ball at Ryde Castle Hotel on Saturday (2nd November), raising £4,000 for the brain tumour charity.

Guests enjoyed a sparkling drinks reception followed by a 2-course meal and charity raffle.

They were treated to a first-class performance from tribute artist Michael Appleton with his ‘Michael Bublé Experience’, as he performed the Canadian crooners well-known hits and festive favourites through dinner, followed by local bands ‘Switch’ and ‘The Outfit’ filling the dance floor until the early hours.

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Finishing Touches themed the evening with decorations of white twig trees and sparkling lights and finished the tables off with a dusting of snow. Guests had the opportunity of a keepsake from the evening with professional photos taken by Laura Holme and the Island Photo Centre.

The frosty themed event was generously sponsored by Novum Law, who are keen supporters of the charity and Barclays Premier Banking, who attended this event for the first time this year – although have already pledged their support for 2020.

The event raised over £4,000 for The Wight Brainy Bunch.

Kathryn Grimes, co-founder of the brain tumour charity, says:

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“This is our 4th black tie ball, and we are continually overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters and local businesses who sponsor our events… without them, these events simply wouldn’t happen.

“We get to meet some of the most amazing families, going through the most difficult time of their lives, and it is an absolute privilege to be able to help them in some small way.

“We always knew running the charity would be difficult if/when Marks tumour returned and this year has been really hard for us personally, but all the families we have helped over the last four years, have been with us every step of the way, and we cannot thank them enough for the support they have given us”.

The Wight Brainy Bunch was set up by Ryde Firefighter Mark Grimes and his wife Kathryn following Mark’s own diagnosis of a brain tumour in 2015. The charity provides emotional support and financial assistance to dozens of other Island families facing this devastating diagnosis.

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