Having a ball! Midsummer madness at the Hilton

Photos: Graham Franks

Brighton and Sussex enjoyed a night at the musicals where 450 guests were treated to a West End themed evening of food, fundraising and entertainment at the Hilton Brighton Metropole.

The annual Midsummer charity Ball, sponsored by Skerritts, supports the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, along with Action Medical Research, Chailey Heritage Foundation, Chestnut Tree House and The Starr Trust raising funds to help young people in Sussex.

The Ball raised an incredible £100,000!

The event is well-known for its Strictly Come Dancing-style dance competition each year, and this year took it one step even further with a ‘Musicals’ theme with six local personalities take part in the charity challenge.

Those challenged to entertain were; Antony Nelson representing Action Medical Research, Keris Lea for Chailey Heritage Foundation, Marcella Whittingdale and Matt Turner on behalf of Chestnut Tree House and finally Robin Cousins and Robb Starr for The Starr Trust. They were supported by dancers from Brighton Academy.

Anthony Nelson was crowned as the 2017 winner with his Gene Kelly-inspired Singing in the Rain routine, and between them the six entertainers raised over £10,720 for all the fabulous charitable causes.

Richard Skerritt from main sponsors Skerritts with Louise Hearn and Sarah Stevenson and Alic Lisher from Action Medical Research

Russell and Jules Shenton with Jane and Mark Belton

Ben and Pamela McKellar

Showgirls from Brighton Academy, Emma and Sophie

From Brighton Metropole Agata, Laura, Angela and Kirstie

Ross and Katie White

Helen and Adam Style

Jo Jo, Emma, Hollie, Terrina and Matthew

Lukas Wojcik

Robin Cousins with Tracey Narmez and Trish Starr

Brighton Metropole’s Sascha Koehler with Metropole team

Jackie and Lee Wares with Carol and Geoffrey Theobald

Anna, Lucy, Mel, Jo and Sharon

Nicole Carmen from Starr Trust

Verity and Paul Craig

Robbie and Debbie Raggio

Barry Carden

David Hill on stage with Brighton Academy dancers

Marcella Whittingdale and Matt Turner perform Grease

Marcella Whittingdale and Matt Turner perform Grease with support from Brighton Academy for Chestnut Tree House

Anthony Nelson performs Singing in the Rain for Action Medical Research with support from Brighton Academy

Keris Lea sings for Chailey Heritage Foundation

Robin Cousins and Anthony Nelson for Action Medical Research

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