Weston-super-Mare charity celebrates 25th anniversary with a special ball
By Trudi_B | Wednesday, October 03, 2012, 10:53
Families, supporters, staff and volunteers at a Weston-super-Mare charity are getting excited about a special ball to mark its 25th anniversary.
Starting the celebrations early with a glass of bubbly, Grace Ramsey, 28, who was one of the first children to attend Springboard and her friend and house mate Ciara Edmondson 19 , who also attended Springboard with Springboard manager Joanne Harris, who has been with the charity since the beginning. They will all be going to the ball.
Grace Ramsey, 28, who was one of the first children to attend Springboard and her friend and house mate Ciara Edmondson 19 , who also attended Springboard are looking forward to the ball to mark the charity's 25th anniversary.
Springboard Opportunity Group, which supports disabled children under the age of five in North Somerset, was founded by a small group of mums in 1986. Since then it has grown, and now provides specialist play sessions for youngsters at purpose-built facilities in Clevedon and at Ashcombe Children's Centre in Weston-super-Mare.
And now to mark its quarter of a century anniversary, the charity is hosting a ball at DoubleTree by Hilton Cadbury House Hotel in Congresbury, on October 13 – for which tickets are now on sale to the public.
Speaking on behalf of Springboard Opportunity Group, Ann Ramsey said: "We are very proud to reach this milestone, and the ball marks the end of a year of celebrations and fundraising."
The evening will include a sparkling wine reception, sponsored by Macrail, followed by a lavish three-course meal. After-dinner entertainment will be provided by local songsters Barry Walsh and Louise Brent, who also works for Springboard, and Harry, a young man who used to attend Springboard.
Guests will have the chance to dance and celebrate until the early hours. Special guest, Jemma Cooper, the BBC weather presenter from Portishead and Springboard patron, will be on hand to say a few words, and the evening is expected to go with a swing.
Ann said: "Springboard is a real local success story, and we'd like as many local people as possible to help us celebrate. We'd particularly like to see some of our ex-children, who are all grown up now, and their families."
The evening is being sponsored by Body Management, Clevedon.