Somerset care home mixes celebrities and sports for a masquerade ball with a twist

20 February 2017

Greenhill House resident Jane HardingResidents and staff at a care home in Timsbury, Bath want to break down barriers to sport by throwing a spectacular masquerade ball at the Assembly Rooms in Bath this year to fund more sporting facilities for disabled people.

Greenhill House, run by leading charity Leonard Cheshire, have set themselves a fundraising target of £30,000, so they can bring more sport to disabled people in the area, in particular increasing their offer of Boccia, an inclusive ball sport.

Service manager Lindsey Swarbrick said:

‘We offer people the chance to try out new things according to their personal interests. Sport is fun and enhances life.

‘By being physically and socially active at whatever level, health and wellbeing is improved.’

Greenhill House resident Jane Harding said:

‘I’m a player in the Greenhill House Boccia A team, practising at the home and at Bath University.

‘I’m very much looking forward to the event, I like to see new places and meet people.’

John Burrows, who also lives at Greenhill House, said:

‘As a Bathonian, I love rugby. Bath has done well in Europe this year.

‘We are looking forward to some adapted rugby sessions at Greenhill House.’

To reach its fundraising target, Greenhill House is recruiting guest speakers for its masquerade ball and will also offer fine dining and an auction.

It has also got sporting celebrity friends on board to attend the event too, which will be held on Saturday 23 September.

Olympic gold medal winning athlete Jason Gardener MBE is one of the special guests, along with multi-medal winning Paralympians Ben Rushgrove and Nigel Murray MBE.

Jason said:

‘It has always been important to me to support local charities.

‘The commitment and care Greenhill House provides is so inspiring, making such a positive impact to those who need care.’

For sports fans, there will be plenty of sport-related auction prizes available too — such as a Porsche driving experience at Silverstone, a signed Nigel Murray shirt from Rio, a professional golf lesson with Jonathan Lawrence PGA professional and prizes from the University of Bath including a bobsleigh experience for 10 people.

Local schools and parents will also be interested to hear young football teams (aged up to 14 years old) can enter a competition to play football at a Premier League team’s ground for a day.

Outside of the sporting world, there is also a RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight VIP day for four and a Spitfire flight over Biggin Hill, including the chance to control the aircraft.

The residents at Greenhill House are looking forward to welcoming their musical friends along to the gala as well, including an Andrews Sisters tribute singers and 24-piece 1940s swing band.

The event is part of Leonard Cheshire Disability’s centenary celebrations, marking 100 years since the birth of its founder, war hero and global humanitarian Leonard Cheshire.

Tickets for Greenhill House’s centenary masquerade ball are on sale now, at £95 a person. Seating will be in tables of 10 (masks are not compulsory!).

For tickets and information please email Greenhill House or call 01761 479902.

The ball runs from 7pm, with carriages at midnight.

Any local businesses interested in sponsoring the event should email Ann or call 01761 479900.

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Current local businesses supporting the event include: Honeybourne Facilities Group, Moneta Wealth Management, Minuteman Press, Recreational Coatings and Wessex Water.