Ripon dementia charity celebrates first year in style

Jacqui Springay, Richard Clarke, Jill Clarke and Barry Springay. (1303012AM7)
Jacqui Springay, Richard Clarke, Jill Clarke and Barry Springay. (1303012AM7)
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Ripon-based charity Dementia Forward has celebrated its first anniversary in style with a black-tie ball at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate.

Sir Graham Hall was among 140 guests at the event, held to celebrate the charity’s first year of supporting people living with dementia in Ripon and Harrogate. Dementia Forward’s chief executive Jill Quinn said: “The ball was a great success and I’d like to thank everyone who attended the event and donated so generously.”

Guests at the anniversary ball were treated to a night of food and entertainment, with live music and a four-course dinner.

Local young entertainers who performed at the event included musician Scott Quinn, magician James Orr, pianist Amy Dodds, soprano Esme Varley, baritone Ben Lindley and four students from St John Fisher Catholic High School in Harrogate, the jazz quartet Cosmic Rays. Live music for the later stages of the event was provided by local band, The Nightjars.

And a James Bond-themed raffle draw created some sparkle to the evening, with one winner taking home a pair of diamond earrings worth £1,550 – donated jointly by Harrogate jewellers Ogden and an anonymous benefactor.

“In particular, I’d like to thank those who donated raffles prizes, performed on the night, or helped with the event organisation,” said Ms Quinn.

“Events like this help us to raise funds to continue supporting people with dementia and their families. But holding events also helps us to raise awareness of the ever-growing need for support, with more 3,000 people having been diagnosed with dementia in Ripon and Harrogate. This has been an incredibly successful first year for us, but there’s a lot of work still to be done.”

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