£1,500 raised for hospice charity at Middleton Lodge Burns Night Ball

Alexandra Weighell and James Allison outside Middleton Lodge.

A Scottish-themed Burns Night Ball helped to raise a fantastic £1,500 for a charity that helps people with terminal illnesses in their homes around Richmondshire and Hambleton.

Each year, Middleton Lodge Estate holds a Ball on Burns Night and this year the beneficiary was Herriot Hospice Homecare.

Guests dressed in kilts and cocktail dresses were treated to a champagne reception in the inner hall, before being led by a piper to a marquee to enjoy a four-course Haggis inspired dinner and a reading of one of Robert Burn’s acclaimed poems.

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There was also a traditional game of heads and tails, followed by music provided by a traditional ceilidh band.

The speaker was Rosie Page, daughter of James Herriot author Alf Wight and a Patron of Herriot Hospice Homecare.

Thanks to the generosity of people who bought tickets for the Ball and dug even deeper into their pockets on the evening to buy raffle tickets, £1,500 was raised for the charity.

Alexandra Weighell, Herriot Hospice Homecare’s fundraising manager, said: “We are delighted with the amount that was raised and would like to thank Middleton Lodge for their amazing support.

“A sum like this will go such a long way to helping us provide our services in Hambleton and Richmondshire.”

James Allison, owner of Middleton Lodge, said: “We were very pleased to have been able to support Herriot Hospice Homecare.

“It is a charity which does so much good work in the community and it’s nice to be able to give something back in this way.”