THE INAUGURAL Banana Crumb-Ball proved to be a huge success, raising over £4,000 for the Southend Cystic Fibrosis Association.
Banana Crumble – a family-run website promoting good news and raising money for charity – staged the event in the Grand Marquee at the Halfway House, Brentwood, with guests treated to a three-course dinner, live music from The Hugh Rainey Dixieland Jazz Band followed by dancing to the resident DJ.
The evening also saw a raffle, several fundraising games and an auction which helped boost the fund to a sizable amount.
Cystic Fibrosis is a devastating condition that affects over 10,800 people in the UK. It’s caused by a faulty gene that affects how salt and water move in and out of cells. This means the lungs and digestive system fill with thick mucus, making it hard to breathe or digest food properly. In 2018, Banana Crumble raised £5,000 for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis and they are now well on their way to surpassing that figure this time around.
Banana Crumble’s Amanda Austin told the Yellow Advertiser: “We would like to say a huge thank you not only to those who attended but to all those that donated raffle or auction prizes and helped to make the evening a success.
“Without the generosity of all of these companies raising this amazing amount would not have been possible so from all of us a huge thank you.”
A number of local businesses backed the event, with the Mrs Austin adding: “We would like to say a really big thank you to Alton Garden Centre, Anna Holmes, Asda, Audi (Southend), BMW, C2C, Christine and Alan Hyde, Cut, Craft and Sew, Fortnum and Mason, The Grand Marquee at the Halfway House, Karl Miller, K. Mosby Financial Associates Limited, Liam Gillan Photography, Malibu Suncreams, Mangetout, Mark and Sarah Watson, Maria Nayler, Myatts Field Cocktail, Nekta Florists (Thorpe Bay), Old Southendian and Southchurch Cricket Club, Sam Brady, Sands by the Sea, Scott Hardisty and Pirtek Racing Team, Starstruck Autographs, Summerhill Garden Centre, Surf Restaurant (Chalkwell), Taylormade Chauffeurs, Validity, The Vanilla Room Hair and Beauty Salon (Hornchurch) and White Lace Events Essex who have all played a major part in either donating gifts for the raffle or for the fantastic auction prizes we have been able to offer and others helping to make the evening a success.”