Ollie adds extra sparkle at the Gingerbread Centre’s Ruby Ball



A Stoke-on-Trent pop star is adding the X-factor to the Gingerbread Centre’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Ollie Marland will appear at the charity’s Ruby Ball which will be held at the Upper House, Barlaston, on Friday, October 6.
“It is fantastic that Ollie has agreed to add a little extra star dust to our event and we’d also like to thank KDM events who have agreed to sponsor Ollie’s appearance.
“With a second locally based business, Rydale Roofing, sponsoring the disco, it means that we can maximise funding on the night to support activities for vulnerable homeless families in our city,” said Chair of Trustees, Nigel Howle.
The Gingerbread Centre has two accommodation centres, Rothesay Court, Normacot, for homeless families, and Catherine Court, Hanley, for pregnant, homeless teenagers.
“We provide long-term support for residents and some can be with us for up to two years,” said Nigel. “Our fundraising allows the charity to ensure their residents are offered activity programmes at the accommodation centres.
“Fundraising enables us to provide increased opportunities to vulnerable families in Stoke-on-Trent and the Ruby Ball is our biggest event of the year.
“We couldn’t stage it without external support in terms of both sponsorship and donations for the charity auction at the event. North Staffordshire businesses are incredibly generous, Both Rydale Roofing, of Silverdale, and KDM, a national events company from Trentham, offered their support without any prompting from the Gingerbread Centre.
“We are also planning further entertainment at the Ruby Ball, including an appearance by talented local cartoonist, Simon Chubb, who will offer caricatures to diners and has generously agreed to donate his time to the Gingerbread Centre without charge.”
Guests at the event will include the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Ross Irving, while several local businesses have given support by buying tables at the Ball.
To find out more about the Gingerbread Centre, please go online to www.gingerbreadcentre.co.uk.
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For media enquiries please contact Nigel Howle on 0776 2043436, email nigel.howle@howlecom.co.uk