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Winter Ball raises more than £9000 for good causes


Photo: An auction formed part of Glyndŵr University's 2014 Winter Wonderland Ball

Glyndŵr University and one of the UK’s biggest radio networks joined together to raise more than £9,000 for charity.

The Wrexham-based institution collaborated with Capital FM as it held its Winter Wonderland Fundraising Ball at Llyndir Hall, Rossett.

More than 100 people attended the event, which featured raffles, fundraising games and an auction of items including signed Wrexham FC and Manchester United football shirts.

The prize of a commissioned painting of a building of choice, painted by Glyndŵr University graduate Charlotte May Jones, fetched £160.

All cash raised from the Ball will be donated to Glyndŵr Giving, which aims to boost campus investment and improve student life at the university, and Capital owner Global Radio’s charity, Make Some Noise.

This supports projects changing the lives of young people across the UK, including Advanced Brighter Futures Wrexham, and Claire House Children’s Hospice, Wirral.

Suzanne Riley, head of international business relations and fundraising, said: “We had a fantastic turnout and everyone gave generously on the night.

“Glyndŵr University is passionate about working in partnership and we were delighted to team up with Capital.

“Fundraising is a hugely valuable income stream for the university, helping to improve our offering for students and develop a better campus for everyone to enjoy,” she said.

Capital DJs Sarah Story and Ben Sheppard hosted the evening, which was attended by businesses including Avox and Wagtail UK.

Sarah said: "I was honoured to be invited to host the Glyndŵr University Winter Wonderland Fundraising Ball. The organisers were fantastic and the guests seemed to really enjoy their evening on and off the dance floor. I look forward being a part of Glyndŵr University's future projects and hosting more exciting events."

Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, welcomed guests, with the auction conducted by Melfyn Williams from All Wales Auction.

Mel Booth, managing director of Global Radio, said: "Never doubt what a small group of thoughtful, committed people can achieve. By working together, Glyndwr University and Global radio will affect the lives of many, and this activity underlines that."

Glyndŵr University launched its new fundraising arm in 2013 to support and preserve higher education in north east Wales.

Welsh Government funding is now a very small percentage of Glyndŵr University’s income as there is a new fee structure in place and the University itself is a registered charity – any money it generates is invested back into new buildings, services, research and the community.

As well as the inaugural fundraising ball, the university launched a contest which saw the Yale Stand at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium rebranded as the Utilities Connection Management Ltd (UCML) stand for the 2014/5 football season.

Businesses were given the chance to win the naming rights for an entry of £250 into a random draw earlier this year. Every entrant received an advert in a matchday programme.
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