Doncaster’s business community were dressed to the nines and ready to party at the inaugural Crystal Ball held in the magnificent surroundings of Bawtry Hall.

The event was sponsored by Handelsbanken and Pristine Cleaning Services and organised by Doncaster Business for the Community (DB4C), the ground-breaking and highly innovative charitable trust run entirely by the town’s business community which raises much needed funds for local charities and community projects. The charity also used the occasion to celebrate its first anniversary of operations whilst marking DB4C’s first event partnership with Equinox and Firefly to raise funds to support cancer patients.

Two hundred guests filled Bawtry Hall, including the Civic Mayor, Councillor Majid Khan, and were welcomed by DB4C director Nigel Tomlinson and Equinox director Sarah Mullen. Guests were entertained whilst they dined by local singer Jess Brett, followed by a lively game of ‘heads and tails’ with one lucky lady winning the big prize of the evening – a much sought after Mulberry handbag.

Guests were then treated to a stunning fireworks display in the grounds of Bawtry Hall followed by dancing to the music of the Heads Will Roll band and disco into the early hours. As a result of the generosity of the guests and businesses that donated many raffle prizes the event raised a total of £4,000 for Equinox.

DB4C Director Nigel Tomlinson said: “This was our first non-sports related event and it was a huge success, it is now firmly established in the social calendar. DB4C has achieved so much in its first year proving that the town’s businesses have a huge heart and care deeply about the community and its well-being. We will drive on and look forward to holding more events in 2019.”

Sarah Mullen added: “For Equinox to be asked to be the representative of our charities at the Crystal Ball was a huge privilege. Both Cancer Research and Firefly rely on donations and charity fundraising to operate and both play such a huge part in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Cancer both nationally and locally. The Doncaster business community have taken Equinox to their hearts and with the money raised at the ball we hope to have a record fundraising year.”

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