Reading Matters Charity Ball 2017

Charity Ball raises £20,000 to help young people reach their potential

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our 20th Anniversary Charity Ball, held at The Midland Hotel in Bradford on Saturday the 11th of March, raised a fantastic total of £20,000! This includes match-funding by Barclays Bank, whose staff helped with all the fundraising activities on the night.

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in the organisation of the event for playing their part in this success and the many individuals and businesses who donated prizes for the envelope draw and silent auction without whose help we would not have been able to raise such an amazing figure.

The money raised will be spent on our one to one intervention programmes which improve reading skills and life chances for children and young people, helping those who struggle with literacy to catch up fast.

The evening was hosted by Andrew Edwards of BBC Radio Leeds and attended by The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford and Naz Shah MP.

As a lovely surprise, we discovered that Christian, a young man who had received support from Reading Mentor Derek Phillips at a school in Bradford a few years ago, was working as a waiter at the event and we were able to reunite him with Derek at the ball and share their inspiring story with the thrilled guests.

Here are some images of the evening kindly taken by David Lowdell Photography.