Having a ball while raising £20k

Greene King host its annual charity ball in aid of Focus 12 a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre basesd in Bury St Edmunds. ''FL;
Greene King host its annual charity ball in aid of Focus 12 a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre basesd in Bury St Edmunds. ''FL;
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The fourth annual Greene King Charity Ball has raised at least £20,000 for the addiction charity Focus12.

The ball was held last Thursday in an impressive marquee in the brewery’s garden in Bury St Edmunds with live music and a three course meal.

Greene King marketing director Dominic South, left,  with Chip Summers from focus 12.

Greene King marketing director Dominic South, left, with Chip Summers from focus 12.

But, being a fund raiser, there were plenty of ways of parting guests from their cash with an auction raising an impressive £15,000.

Companies, organisations and individuals donated eight auction lots and 24 for a silent auction.

Some of the top auction prizes on the night included entry into the six-day Gallery Rally to Biarritz which went for £1,300; two VIP tickets to see Eric Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, fetched £1,000 and former Ipswich and Scotland star Alan Brazil earned Focus12 £900 with his TalkSport radio experience and champagne lunch.

The ball has now raised more than £70,000 for Focus12 over four years.

Dom South, marketing director Greene King brewing and brands, said: ” We are immensely proud to support Focus12. It’s a charity that battles for funding, as many others do in this current economic climate, and needs continued support.

“We’ve been at the heart of this community for more than 200 years and during that time we’ve always tried to look out for the welfare of our friends and neighbours.”

Focus12 offers abstinence-based treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, as well as invaluable guidance and counselling for affected family members.

Chip Somers, Focus12’s chief executive, said: “We are always grateful for any fund-raising done on our behalf but feel especially that Greene King have taken a brave stance in supporting a charity such as ours.

“The £20,000 that has been raised will enable at least five people to go through the three month programme which will hopefully change the lives of them and all their family members.”