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An annual fundraising ball on Saturday raised thousands of pounds for a charity who support women and children who have experienced domestic abuse.

The Pandora Project, one of the nominees for the Lynn News charity of the year, organised the event on May 20, which sold out in a matter of weeks at the beginning of the year when tickets went on sale.

Some 120 guests attended the glamorous evening held at the Duke's Head Hotel on Tuesday Market Place.

Guests gave generously at the auction with £1,785 being raised from 13 donated items.Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography. (56832558)
Guests gave generously at the auction with £1,785 being raised from 13 donated items.Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography. (56832558)

Reception drinks were provided by What a Hoot distillery and entertainment was provided by singer Amy Fyfe-Taylor, magician Josh Maddocks and a live band, Vex.

An auction took place, with 13 donated items, including a stay at the Dabbling Duck, Great Massingham and a luxury hampers, and raised a total of £1,785.

Donation buckets around the ballroom and games such as guessing the number of pebbles in a jar, the name of a teddy and a silent auction also contributed to the donations raised.

Glamorous guests at the annual Pandora Project fundraising ball. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography.
Glamorous guests at the annual Pandora Project fundraising ball. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography.

Pandora Project’s chief executive Tracy Mahoney said: "People think that domestic abuse doesn’t happen in Norfolk, but we support around 700 women and children each year who are living with this reality.

"If there are any women present who wanted to seek support to reach out to a Pandora Project worker."

The evening raised some £3,500 which will go directly to support women and children affected by domestic abuse.

A spokesperson for the charity said: "We want to extend our thanks to Sophie Newson and her team at the Duke’s Head for their hard work and attention to detail.

Reception drinks were enjoyed by these guests from What-a-Hoot gin distillery. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography.
Reception drinks were enjoyed by these guests from What-a-Hoot gin distillery. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography.

"To Jenny Beake our fabulous auctioneer who encouraged guests to dig deep, to Keith Osborn photographer and to all the individuals, businesses and companies who donated prizes and gifts.

"A special thanks to the 120 guests who came along to support Pandora Project and made the evening such a huge success."

The Duke's Head hotel in Tuesday Market Place, Lynn hosted the event. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography.
The Duke's Head hotel in Tuesday Market Place, Lynn hosted the event. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography.
Guests enjoyed the black tie event.Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography. (56832562)
Guests enjoyed the black tie event.Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography. (56832562)
Magician Josh Maddocks entertained the guests. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography.
Magician Josh Maddocks entertained the guests. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography.
There were many glamorous gowns worn at the event. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography. (56832566)
There were many glamorous gowns worn at the event. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography. (56832566)
Jenny Beake hosted the auction which raised £!,785 from 13 items generously donated for the event. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography.. (56833427)
Jenny Beake hosted the auction which raised £!,785 from 13 items generously donated for the event. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography.. (56833427)
Guests enjoyed a three course meal at the Duke's Head hotel in Lynn. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography. (56832569)
Guests enjoyed a three course meal at the Duke's Head hotel in Lynn. Photo credit: Keith Osborn Photography. (56832569)


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