A staggering £10,000 was raised by a charitable group which held a masquerade ball at Belton Woods Hotel on Friday.
The event was put on by Kesteven Children in Need (KCIN), with the money raised going to help struggling families in the Grantham area.
Chairman Lucy Lee, from Casthorpe, said: “Although everyone is feeling the pinch, helping such a well-loved local charity was reason enough for people to dig a little deeper than they might usually do.”
An unusual auction boosted the total thanks to unusual items generously donated by a host of local individuals and businesses. Guests bid on lots such as gliding, work experience in the City, and use of a seaside chalet.
KCIN is a charity which works with health professionals in North and South Kesteven to give help to vulnerable children and their families, by helping with items like stair-gates, fire guards, emergency nursery places and school uniforms.