Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Glitter ball raises £10,000 for in-demand counselling service

Glitter ball raises £10,000 for in-demand counselling service

A BALL with a glitter theme raised £10,000 for the Riverside Counselling Service in Henley.

More than 120 people attended the event at the Olde Bell in Hurley, where the tithe barn was designed like a giant glitter ball by Annie Abbey-Quinn.

The evening was hosted by Mark Howell, the professional at Henley Golf Club.

He conducted a live auction with prizes including a polo taster lesson, a side drum used by Deep Purple and the use of holiday homes in Bordeaux and on the Isle of Wight.

Musician Mike Hurst, a member of the original Springfields, conducted a game of heads and tails based on “hits” or “misses” of songs.

The proceeds will help the charity meet the growing demand for counselling and psychotherapy for young people and adults in the Henley area. Riverside sees more than 100 clients a week, twice the number of a year ago.

Mr Hurst said: “I don’t think there are that many families where somebody hasn’t needed help from a counselling group.

“Riverside Counselling is a very worthy cause. Here you are in Henley with buckets of money swishing around but it doesn’t make any difference — people still suffer from the same problems, sometimes even more so.”

Mrs Abbey-Quinn said: “Everyone had a wonderful evening and the fund-raising committee is very grateful to everyone for their support.”

The ball was sponsored by Harpsden Wealth Management. Businesses that contributed prizes were Annie Haimes Interiors, the Baskerville pub, Chi Hairdressing, Galliano’s Hairdressing, Gordon Ramsay, Haringtons Hairdressing, Henley Clinic, Mark Howell Golf, Rudi Kartal, SLW Sarah Louise West, Simondowlingbespoke and Waitrose. Jewellery stalls on the night included Escape Jewellery, Stella and Dot and Debbie Wollf boutique.

l More pictures from the ball will be published next week.

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