A CHARITY ball in support of a Wrexham hospice has raised tens of thousands of pounds.

The Whistler Charity black-tie event held at Carden Park was organised by Kay and Gary Whistler who both work at the hotel, along with Paul Ffoulkes from Barclays.

Now in its fourth year the event, which is held annually to raise funds for Nightingale House Hospice, raised its highest amount ever, £27,700, helped by support from staff at Barclays and HSBC who volunteered their time and gained match funding.

Kay said: "The hospice holds a special place in my heart following the care and comfort they provided to my dad, Ray during his last days.

"This care emphasises the help and support offered to not only patients but their families too throughout difficult times. The hospice certainly topped all expectations of palliative care.

"There are so many families touched by cancer and this is what gives me the drive and determination to succeed in fundraising to assist others.

"The best moment from us all as a team is handing the donations raised over to the hospice.

"My biggest thanks goes to the people who donated and supported us to make the event a huge success. We are very fortunate to have a charity such as Nightingale House, which tackles end-of-life care with such compassion and value, on our doorstep. It is an honour to be able to help them continue their vital work."

Over two hundred people celebrated in style and guests enjoyed a glamorous drinks reception and three-course dinner, followed by a charity auction, raffle and dancing into the early hours of the morning with entertainment from local group The Big Beat from Wrexham.

Delyth Underwood from Nightingale House added: "Our congratulations go to Kay and Gary Whistler, along with Paul Ffoulkes from Barclays on a wonderfully successful Ball.

"To raise such an enormous amount of money on one night is tremendous with every penny helping our hospice deliver specialist palliative care for local people and their families affected by life-limiting illness, as well as children and young people experiencing bereavement.

"A huge amount of hard work went into organising the event and we are so grateful. The money raised will make a big difference."