Groundwork North East & Cumbria has raised £7,500 after hosting its first charity ball.

The money raised at the event will be added to Groundwork’s community chest, which can be accessed by the charity’s project managers to fund activities that will have a direct positive impact on service users.

The Community Chest was created in 2015 to celebrate Groundwork’s 30th anniversary of operating in the North East. Previously, it has been used to fund additional fitness and wellbeing sessions, and support community groups to celebrate their activities or achievements

Groundwork invited guests to dress up to the nines and don a mask for its masquerade-themed night of fun and entertainment at Ramside Hall in County Durham.

Kate Culverhouse, Chief Executive of Groundwork North East & Cumbria, said:

“The Masquerade Ball was a fantastic and glamorous evening and everybody had a wonderful time.

“I’m delighted at the generosity of our guests and event sponsors. We are continuously astonished by the support we receive from businesses, organisations and individuals throughout the North East and Cumbria.

“The money raised will be used to add extra value to the projects already being delivered by our amazing team of staff and volunteers. The community chest might be used to purchase a heater for the Men’s Shed project, or pay for a young person from a deprived background to take part in the life changing National Citizens Service.”