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Our 2023 Summer Ball & Auction on July 7th was a wonderfully successful night, which was not only fun but marked a step change in the charity’s development, with our first project within Cwm Taf Morgannwg’s health board.

It was a celebratory, good fun and action-packed evening. Following a drinks reception our evening began with one of the amazing Sing With Us Choirs from Tenovus Cancer Care. They portray so well the joy and emotional ‘pick-me-up’ that music provides, as well as an opportunity to building friendships and support. We love promoting their work as well. The choir got everyone singing along and getting into the spirit of the night.

We entrusted the running of the evening into the very capable hands of our compere Jason Harrold (aka ‘the legend’). A skilled, hugely professional, humorous, and empathetic compere, Jason did indeed keep the show on the road – very successfully too.
Emilie Parry-Williams gave us a fantastic set of songs from the musicals during our meal, ending with a beautiful rendition of Calon Lân.

On behalf of Daring to Dream and PwC, Hamed Amiri presented to the Care for the Elderly Team, Princes of Wales Hospital, just a few of the photographic resources that PwC staff have created for the patients. Eight staff roamed the areas of Bridgend, Porthcawl, Maesteg, Ogmore and Barry Island developing a fantastic portfolio of photographic resources. The activities’ coordinator will be able to use these for many, many conversations that create reminiscences and memories.

The evening also a very successful raffle and auction; Jason’s skills helped engage everyone with the auction bidding. After all the organised elements, the evening segued into the disco.

Photographs with thanks to Michael Hall Photography

It was an amazing opportunity for us to host a night that really raised awareness of the work of Daring to Dream to lots of new people and organisations.

Even better we raised well over £3,000 towards our room transformations in the Princess of Wales Hospital.

A huge thanks to everyone who supported us on the night and also to all the many businesses who donated raffle and auction prizes.

A diary marker for everyone: June 21st 2024 will be Daring to Dream Summer Ball & Auction 2024.