Guests at the ball were transported from Dundee’s Landmark Hotel to the Moulin Rouge for an authentic night of cabaret, can-can dancers and French cuisine.
About 250 people attended the event, which was hosted by comedian Bobby Davro and Tay FM’s Stuart Webster.
All the money raised is to be donated to Balhousie Care Group’s nominated charity CHAS, to support its work providing the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
A further donation of almost £56,000, which was raised by Balhousie Care Group over the past year, was also handed over to CHAS on the night.
Tony Banks, chairman and founder of Perth-based Balhousie Care Group, which has 24 care homes across Scotland, said: “The ball was another huge success and all our guests had a fantastic night, raising an incredible amount for our nominated charity CHAS. We had some great charity auction prizes, such as a trip to the actual Moulin Rouge in Paris, and people dug very deep, with extra donations coming in after the ball, which gave us a final total of £40,598.
“We were also delighted to be able to hand over a separate donation of £55,678 to CHAS, raised over the past year, to support the invaluable work it does caring for children and their families, and the ball marked the start of a new year of fundraising by Balhousie Care Group.”
CHAS Fundraiser Rachel Cheer said: “A huge thank you to Balhousie Care Group for a fantastic night and for pulling out all the stops to help raise so much money for CHAS. We really appreciate the commitment of companies like the Balhousie Care Group who help us raise over £7million every year to run Rachel House and Robin House and our CHAS at Home service, providing care to children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families across Scotland.”
CHAS’ Rachel House opened in Kinross in March 1996, with Robin House in Balloch following in August 2005.
The hospices support the whole family by offering short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services.
CHAS also provides a home care service, called CHAS at Home, staffed from both hospices and with a dedicated team in the North of Scotland. The service offers care to families in their own homes when they need it most.
Balhousie Care Group staff have also been raising money for CHAS, with employees from Balhousie Antiquary Care Home and the newly rebuilt Balhousie Monkbarns Care Home – both in Arbroath – being invited to attend the ball after raising more than £2,000 at each home.
Held on Friday, March 16, the night got off to a sparkling start with a champagne reception, followed by a four-course dinner featuring the best French food and wine, then dancing to Eat the Peach and appearances by Moulin Rouge showgirls.
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