A fairy-tale-themed ball has been held in Houghton Le Spring for those living with a range of disabilities, allowing them to experience the razzmatazz of a black tie event.

The Kudos Ball has been hosted for a second time at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton Le Spring, for 300 people from across the UK. Service users from Salutem Healthcare facilities travelled the length and breadth of the country to attend the celebration. It is the only known ball of its kind in the country, which provides a fully inclusive and accessible evening to accommodate a range of disabilities.

Salutem Healthcare’s service users have a range of complex needs, living with both physical and learning disabilities. Together with their families and carers, they enjoyed a fully accessible black tie gala, complete with red carpet, musical entertainment and disco.

Colin Welding, regional director for Salutem Helathcare Ltd, who organises the Kudos Ball, said: “Many of our service users have never even worn a tie, let alone been to a black tie event. Most people, during their lives, will get the opportunity to go to an occasion like this. So why shouldn’t our service users?

“That’s the reason we run the Kudos Ball – to give people equal opportunity, so that everyone, for one night, can enjoy the excitement and buzz of a glamorous party.”

John Godden, CEO of Salutem Healtchare Ltd., added: “The Kudos Ball is a fantastic opportunity for everybody, whatever their background or capacity, to enjoy a proper, formal gala.

“At Salutem Healthcare we are determined to make every opportunity available to our service users, because providing care isn’t just about day-to-day support, but about ensuring everybody can live their very best life.”