Anniversary cabinet raises £440 at Lincoln charity ball

A charity ball help in Lincoln raised £4,400 for a two local charities, which also featured the auction of a special anniversary cabinet.

The ball at the DoubleTree by Hilton on the Brayford was attended by 200 people, all looking to help raise money for two mental health charities, MIND and Rethink.

At the auction, the special edition cabinet, which marked Scampton-based Chris Sharp Cabinets’ 500,000th piece of furniture made, went for £440.

Jackie Griffiths won the cabinet after a bidding war with another guest.

Chris Sharp Cabinets’ workforce built the oak and walnut table and laser etched it with a special edition 500,000 mark, alongside the company’s oak leaf logo.

The company has originally asked people to give them ideas of whom to donate the cabinet to, which is when charity ball organisers Kaye Robinson and Melanie Pickering stepped forward.

Paul Kettleborough, operations director, said: “We are really pleased that our milestone has helped two really worthy causes raise much-needed funds which will make a real difference to people’s lives.

“Kaye and Melanie have done an amazing job and we are proud to have played a part in their incredible achievements.”

This is the second charity ball the Sturton women have organised, and they are already planning their third ball next year.

Kaye said: “The night overall raised at least £4,400 but we are still counting and getting money in so the total may exceed that. We are totally overwhelmed by the support of everyone.

“We were especially pleased by the amount raised by the special piece of furniture. It attracted a lot of interest and really made a difference to our fundraising efforts.”