Ball raises thousands to help homeless

The Hinge Centre Charity Event held at the SPA Bridlington'Contact Martin Crossland (the Hinge Centre).
The Hinge Centre Charity Event held at the SPA Bridlington'Contact Martin Crossland (the Hinge Centre).

A huge total of almost £3,000 was raised to help the homeless at a glamorous charity ball held at The Spa.

The special evening was organised by staff at The Hinge Centre, and featured entertainment by operatic performer Alice Gibley.

A raffle and auction also took place, helping towards the grand total of £2,960 raised on the evening.

A £360 grant from Bridlington Town Council made it the first official sponsor of the Hinge’s Sponsor a Bed for a Night project.

Martin Crossland, strategic development manager at The Hinge Centre in Field Road, said: “It was fantastic, we were very pleased, and we raised more than we expected.

“It is the first time we have done it at The Spa, and we can now start talking about how we can make it bigger and better.

“I would like to thank everybody for coming, it was a fantastic evening and I would also like to thank the Spa as well.”

Bridlington Town Mayor Terry Dixon and his wife were among the 90 guests who attended to help raise funds for the homeless.

All raffle and auction prizes were donated from local businesses, artists and members of the local community.

The money raised on the night will go towards supporting the Hinge Centre’s Nightstop and Supported Lodgings projects, which aim to provide a safe place for homeless people aged between 16 and 24 to stay.

Nightstop is an East Riding-wide scheme which sees young people housed with a volunteer family for up to 14-nights. The Supported Lodgings scheme is Bridlington specific, and although similar to Nightstop, the person treats the host home as a formal lodging.

Currently, The Hinge Centre are asking the Bridlington community to help support these schemes, and to sponsor a bed for a night.

Since the ball The Hinge has received confirmation that it has been successful in obtaining funding from the Big Lottery Awards for All scheme to the sum of £9,068. The money will be used to develop the centre’s Playranger group which supports children in the Havenfield Estate in Bridlington. Use of the sports hall will now be possible for a further 12-months, and new play and kitchen equipment can be purchased.

To help The Hinge Centre contact (01262) 679671.