In the past, The Chartwell Cancer Trust has organised several charity balls, particularly during the Festive Season. Now that the Trust has a wonderful Events Committee, all volunteers to assist with the many events that are organised throughout the year, it was felt that it was high time The CCT held another one. So with unanimous agreement from the Events Committee, the first ever “CCT Summer Ball” was organised, which took place on Friday 9th June at The Warren in Hayes, Kent.


The Warren is located in gorgeous 22-acre grounds of woodland and greenery and really is the perfect setting for a summer ball. Our “glamorous” guests started to arrive shortly after 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks. It was great to see some familiar faces, our loyal and regular supporters, and we were also delighted to see quite a few newcomers too.


Our guests were called into dinner at around 7pm and escorted into the Coney Suite, which had been beautifully and tastefully decorated earlier that day by The CCT team (special thanks to Gill for doing such a great job!).


Long-term supporter and CCT Group Trustee, David Apps welcomed guests, including special guest Graham Cole alias PC Stamp from The Bill TV series. We all know he is not a “real” police officer, but still very apt, don’t you think given that The Warren is home of the Metropolitan Police (Hayes) Sports Club? Fellow supporter and Group Trustee, Paula Cook then said Grace and everyone sat down to a lovely three-course meal. After dinner, David Apps delivered a short speech thanking everyone for coming along and spoke of the work of The CCT, which was particularly useful to our first timers!


Once the speeches were over, the fun soon commenced. David invited guests to take part in a fun game of “Heads and Tails”, which started as soon as a coin had been found! Pretty much everyone joined in and when the game was narrowed down to the last six people, they came onto the dance floor to challenge each other face to face until there was only one winner.


“Firefly”, our live band for the night, then took to the stage and they did not disappoint! The band’s extensive repertoire of pop and rock, funk and disco music suited every musical taste and had everybody dancing. During the Band’s music interval, there was an “instant mobile phone” raffle (thank you to The Warren for sharing this splendid idea!). All those wishing to take part, entered their mobile number into our raffle cash prize draw. Michelle Simpson, representing The CCT invited Graham Cole to draw three phone numbers. Michelle then phoned each number, to an extremely quiet dining room (surprise surprise!), to reveal the three lucky winners.


Graham Cole then very graciously ran our charity auction which included a Mercedes one hour driving experience at Mercedes Benz World, a week’s stay in an apartment in Kalkan, Turkey, and one-year family membership to all Mytime Active centres. There was also a silent auction running throughout the evening with over 18 fantastic prizes up for bidding, including dinner for two at the House of Commons, VIP Festival of Flight tickets, a Cook Hamper and voucher, Mytime Golf Membership, gift vouchers from Cooling’s and Shampan, premier tickets to Lingfield Park Racecourse, and Bromley Churchill Theatre tickets to the show Footloose. The silent auction proved extremely popular and lots of fun, with everyone coming back and forth to see if they had been outbid! The silent auction closed at 11pm to enable the winners to collect and pay for their prizes and the evening was finished off with another splendid session from “Firefly”, taking special requests and encores until well after midnight.


We would like to thank everyone who came to our first ever Summer Ball and for helping to make it such a fabulous event. Special thanks goes to The CCT team, Michelle Simpson, Gillian Mariner (the decorations were awesome!), Michelle Calthorpe, Anna Lacey and Graham Figg for all their hard work in making sure that the event ran as smoothly as it did, prior to the event and on the night. Thank you also to everyone who donated raffle and auction prizes, to Graham Cole, David Apps and Paula Cook, The Warren and to ”Firefly“ who kept us entertained all night. We are pleased to report that the event was an absolute success and raised over £6,500.