The Purple Ball of Hope hits the headlines



Every month we feature a business of the month and for June we would like to introduce ‘The Purple Ball of Hope’ a charity who has an annual event organised by Jan Lord along with help from the Purple Ball team and her family and friends.

For the third year running The Purple Ball of Hope have held a Gala Ball and raised a magnificent sum for Pancreatic Cancer UK.  Thanks to everyone who supported the Gala Ball again this year via donations and contributions they have raised a staggering £5387.43p equating to over £18,000 during the last 3 years and with more monies pledged it could be bring the grand total to £20,000.

The Gala Ball was held in the ‘Inspiration Suite’ at the Village Hotel in Ashton making everything Purple. The evening of the Purple Ball of Hope 2016 had finally arrived and, with over 180 guests in attendance they were greeted by hosts Jan and Derek Lord as they waited excitedly at the champagne reception. the guests were entertained by  the magician  in the shadow of the Purple Ball of Hope Memory Tree containing an array of plum, amethyst, violet and purple butterflies each one lovingly holding remembrance messages of past loved ones.

The Compare for the evening was now an old friend of the Purple Ball Mr Paul Crone and while the champagne flowed and the meals were served the dinner entertainment provided by X Factor contestant Rick Moorhouse was a pleasant interlude before the serious bidding got underway.

Donations were in abundance and topping the auction prizes was a Pele Shirt containing the signature of the man himself, a golfing experience for 4 in the heart of the Cheshire countryside  and the ‘Dirty Dancing’ tickets from the Purple prize envelopes that was acquired by a delighted guest ready and eager to watch the show.

One of the highlights of the evening was the after dinner entertainment provided by Headline act ‘The Jersey Guys’ who wowed the guests with a variety of ‘4 Seasons Covers and the top songs from the hit musical ‘Grease’. The fantastic evening was concluded by the DJ Dave ‘Double Decks’ Bradley who had everyone on their feet before the events of the inspirational evening came to a close at 1.00pm.

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Lead fundraiser and organiser Jan Lord commented,

The Purple Ball of Hope is all about remembering my beautiful mum, Beryl Wainer and quite literally having a ball while raising money for Pancreatic Cancer UK.” “There are lots of people to thank in organising an event on this scale and making it the success it has become.” “I would like to say congratulations and a massive thank you to everyone who made it happen, the contributors, the attendees and all those people who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.”

 Jan and the team are doing it all again next year and the  date has been confirmed as Saturday 22nd April 2017 at the Village Hotel, Ashton under Lyne.

If you would like an opportunity to chat to Jan and find out what goes on behind the scenes of a Charity Ball please register @

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