The mother of a severely autistic 5-year-old organised a sell-out ‘indulgence evening’ last week and raised over £1000 towards a sensory garden for Grantham Additional Needs Federation (GANF).
The packed out event last Thursday which saw all 180 tickets sold was arranged by Katie Bennington, 35, from Alexandra Road whose son Joseph has been a pupil at GANF since September.
Raising money by encouraging people to indulge, Grantham Town Football Club’s MCS Centre was filled with beauty treatments, sweets, cupcakes, clothes, handbags, homeware and gifts, provided by 25 stall-holders from local businesses.
Katie explained: “The school has been really great for Joseph and I have been to events like this before and met people who wanted to do an evening to support the cause. It’s wonderful that a local cause has attacted so much local support.”
On the night £1121,50 was raised from stall fees as well as entrance and raffle tickets, which will help GANF create a sensory garden for Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School.
Principal in charge of schools, Ann White, was at the evening and said: “It is absolutely amazing and so is this lady. Katie actually planned and organised the whole thing herself. She puts so much effort into GANF through her volunteering.”
Katie said assembling the stall-holders was easy because of their eagerness to help, and added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has contributed to raising the funds for the indulgence evening and I am overwhelmed at the level of support that has been given to a cause very close to my heart.”