Grantham couple’s Naomi Fund charity ball is yet another huge success

The Naomi Fund Charity Ball: Pictured centre, Michelle and Dean Fardell with Ben Benbow and Jermain Jackman, among other guests

The Naomi Fund Charity Ball: Pictured centre, Michelle and Dean Fardell with Ben Benbow and Jermain Jackman, among other guests

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It was yet another successful night for the annual Naomi Fund Charity Ball, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

The ball, held at Belton Woods Hotel in Grantham on Saturday night, was attended by more than 200 guests and a number of celebrity stars, including the 2014 winner of BBC’s The Voice, Jermain Jackman.

The annual event, which has helped the fund to raise more than £150,000 over the years, was a particularly momentous occasion this year, marking the year that Naomi would have turned 18 years old.

Naomi’s mother and father Michelle and Dean Fardell hold the ball every year in memory of their daughter who died 16 years ago. Their fund-raising venture is supported by their friend, Ben Benbow.

Dean said: “It was an unbelievable night, the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic. The event gets more and more special every year.”

Proceeds from the event will go to Great Ormond Street, Heartlink Glenfield and The Kingfisher Ward and Community Team at Grantham Hospital.

Highlights on the night included the auction hosted by Bruce Jones (Les Battersby from Coronation Street). Auction prizes included a signed Six Nations rugby shirt, an official FC Barcelona shirt signed by the players, a cricket ball signed by James Anderson, a villa in Spain and signed CD’s from the likes of Gary Barlow and Jake Bugg.

Both Michelle and Dean were delighted with the success of the night and are now looking towards organising next year’s ball.

Dean said: “We’re forever grateful for the support we have received from everyone. Everything we do is for a great cause and we are always thinking of Naomi.

“Since the first big event, we’ve never looked back – it’s all been worth it.”