Five local companies have come together to aid local children’s charity Heel & Toe recoup lost funds from the covid pandemic, by supporting their Annual Charity Ball. This year the Charity’s Ball, which takes place on Friday 25th November at the Hilton Hotel Gateshead, is Willy Wonka themed and appropriately named ‘The Wonkaland Ball’.
After a poignant speech at the charity’s 2021 Ball, where Chief Executive Douglas Long informed the charity’s 300 guests that the charity had lost over £350,000 in funding, due to cancelled and postponed events in 2020/2021, dedicated supporters at the Ball came forward to offer their backing to this year’s Ball. Heel & Toe’s Annual Ball is their largest fundraising event and this year looks set to raise even more funds than ever before, thanks to the new co-sponsors coming on board.
At its two Therapy Centres based in Chester le Street, Heel & Toe provides free and subsidised therapies to around 200 children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities every week. They receive no government funding and currently need to raise £850,000 each year, to continue providing life-changing therapies for children across the North East, so rely on support from local businesses and the community.
The companies co-sponsoring the 2022 event are Alphagenix, Meldrum Group, Normedica, Self Build Services and Slater & Gordon Lawyers.