Halloween ball raises almost £35,000 for Brighton HIV charity

Besi Besemar November 2, 2016

The Halloween Horror Show fundraising ball, held at Grand Hotel on Friday, October 28, raises almost £35,000 for the Sussex Beacon.


Circus of Thrills was hosted by international cabaret star Dolly Rocket with Duncan James from boy band Blue her strapping assistant for the evening in charge of the circus freaks, ghosts and ghouls from the Brighton Academy who entertained guests all evening with music and dancing.

Local divas, The Sundaes and Jenna Hall performed live sets bringing many of the guests dressed up in Spooktacular Halloween costumes to the dance floor to dance until the early hours.

Michael Deol and Robert Webb from Revenge present the winner of the grand raffle, Besi Ledward with a luxury holiday for two in Palma de Majorca.

Top prize in the raffle, a weeks holiday in a four star hotel in Palma de Majorca including flights was donated by Michael Deol and Robert Webb, owners of Revenge nightclub and David Hill from E3. Besi Ledward on the Gscene Old Bitches and Witches table was the lucky winner.

Simon Dowe

Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon, said: “Some of our guests looked truly terrifying, but they were also incredibly generous! We’re delighted with the total raised on the night, boosted by our skillful auctioneer David Hill, which will go towards supporting people living with HIV. We want to thank everyone who attended and the people who worked so hard to make the event spectacular. We’re incredibly grateful for the support of our headline sponsor ‘City Cabs’ together with all our ball partners and guests who made the night such a huge success.”

Leading entertainment design agency the E3 Group worked with the Sussex Beacon to produce the ball, which many present acclaimed as the best Halloween Horror Show to date.

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. It provides both inpatient and outpatient services to promote independence and improve health.

Photographs by Graham Franks, Nick Ford Photography and James Ledward.

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