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
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
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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