Charity Ball Raises Over £12,500 for Cancer Research UK and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation

We are delighted to report that our annual Charity Ball, hosted at the Ramside Hall Hotel & Spa, has raised a remarkable total of £12,615 for both the Cancer Research UK and My Name’5 Doddie charities that the H&H Group is supporting this year.

The 160 guests enjoyed an evening of Black-Tie glamour, beginning with a sparkling wine reception, followed by a three-course dinner, and ending with dancing to a live band. Additionally, the generous response to the centrepiece Charity Auction made the evening such a spectacular fundraising success, says the ball’s organiser, Louise Stones, Rural Surveyor.

It was wonderful to see everybody enjoying the ball, but the main purpose of the evening was to raise as much money as we could for our two research charities, and our guests could not have been more generous. The total we raised made this one of the biggest fundraising events H&H Group has hosted over the past two years, and we are hugely grateful to the guests, and to the many people who donated such a lovely array of auction prizes.

Compared with his well-known charm and wit by racing commentator Derek Thompson, the auction also included many kind donations added at the last minute and during the evening itself. Among them was the chance for two people to join Derek Thompson in the commentary box for the day at a local race meeting of their choice, a day’s shooting was donated by RTW Road Restoration Ltd, there was an overnight stay at the Ramside Hall Hotel, and a ride in a Ferrari. The greatest proportion of the £12,615 total was raised by the Auction, guests also contributed through ticket sales, a game of heads and tails, and a raffle. 

The Charity Ball is our most important fundraising event, but it’s also a unique opportunity for our guests to enjoy a special social occasion with a very serious and worthwhile purpose. In the current economic circumstances, it’s a great testament to the generosity of our prize donors and our guests that we’re now able to make such a significant contribution to the work of these two vital charities.

Donations to the Auction published prior to the ball included:

  • A Pet Portrait in Pencil by Hannah Jauneika
  • A Pair of Sterling Silver earrings donated by Renne Jewellery
  • Two Newcastle United Platinum tickets donated by HHLE Director Tim Sedgewick
  • A 3 Course Sunday Lunch donated by Robinsons Butchers & Caterers
  • Professional Photography of a Property or Farm by Tom Marston of Lenscore
  • A Weekend Break in Beadnell donated by June Wearmouth
  • A Whole Butchered Lamb donated by the Sedgewick family

Having recently announced the expansion of the business with the opening of an office in Northallerton, has built a reputation for excellence across the North in supporting rural, farming, and landowning clients. This fundraising event was attended by many from across the agricultural and property sectors, and to conclude, Tim Sedgewick, Director of H&H Land & Estates said: “Our aim was to have fun, and to raise a significant amount of money for H&H’s chosen charities, and this was certainly achieved! On behalf of the H&H Land & Estates Team, I would like to thank everyone for their support.”

Cancer Research UK , founded in 2002, has a rich history dating back to 1902 as the Imperial Cancer Research Fund. They are a global leader in discovering new cancer treatments, with 20 drug candidates identified since 2005, 11 of which advanced to clinical development.

My Name’5 Doddie Foundation was established during his lifetime by former Scotland rugby international, Doddie Weir, who died of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in November 2022. The Foundation is committed to helping improve the lives of those affected by MND, funding grants, and giving considerable sums to the MND Association and MND Scotland to administer to individuals and families living with this disease.