A CHARITY ball held at Chester Racecourse to help injured soldiers has raised more than £50,000.
The Local Heroes Ball on September 17 was organised in aid of Help for Heroes and the Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund.
More than 450 guests attended the black tie event, including a range of businesses from Chester as well as dignitaries from across the county.
Following a champagne reception, guests were drummed into the Racecourse’s Pavilion Suite by the 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment drummers before enjoying a delicious three-course meal.
The entertainment continued with the talented Cheshire Police Brass Band.
His Honour Judge Elgan Edwards, Honorary Recorder of Chester, was in charge of the fundraising committee.
He said: “The event was excellent; it was a most successful evening.
“Thank you to all our sponsors and guests for their generosity, particularly Chester Racecourse.”
Other committee members were: Carol Talbot, Darlene Storrar, Denise Woodward, Elen Rowlands, Gill Jones, Janet Baines, Kate Dawson, Mike Huntriss and Richard Thomas.
As well as a raffle and auction, guests tried their luck in a ‘Be Dazzled’ game organised by legal firm Walker Smith Way, giving participants the chance to win £1,000 worth of bespoke diamond-encrusted jewellery designed by jeweller Claire Troughton.
More than £4,000 was raised, with lucky winner Jane Blackwell walking away with the main prize.
Other prizes were donated by Olivia April, Cheshire Chocolates, Aquasiva, Chester Racecourse, Herbalife Skincare, Beautique beauty salon and Molton Brown.