14:00 Tuesday 04 December 2012

New venue for charity's annual fund-raising ball

Written byTIM FLETCHER

AN annual ball which raises vital funds for an African orphanage founded by a Burton woman will be held at the town’s new national football centre in 2013.

St George's Park
St George's Park

The next Footprints charity ball will take place in October next year in the swanky surroundings of the Hilton hotel at St George’s Park, making the charity the first to book in at the centre.

The event has been held for the last four years at Branston Golf and Country Club but the success of that venue meant organisers had to look elsewhere.

Footprints trustee Kevin Curtis told the Mail: “Branston has been fantastic and we can’t thank them enough for all their support but, because they have become extremely popular for weddings, they could only offer us one date in October.

“We went to look at the St George’s Park and it’s a tremendous facility. We’re all very excited and we’re really looking forward to it.”

Footprints, founded by former Stretton travel agent Kerry Watson, opened two years ago in the Shimba Hills region of Kenya and now accommodates 18 youngsters.

The ball generates around a third of the annual fund-raising revenue it needs to continue, and also offers Ms Watson a rare opportunity to return to the UK to meet her supporters.

Mr Curtis said: “The ball is absolutely key in terms of fund-raising and is vitally important for us.

“It gives Kerry the opportunity to say thank you to everyone, because she is the first to acknowledge that although Footprints is her vision, without the support of so many kind and generous people, it just wouldn’t happen.”

The event, to be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013, will include a Champagne reception, three-course meal, live music, raffle and auction.

Tickets, priced £55 per person or £550 for a table of 10, are available by calling Mr Curtis on 07860 727575 or emailing kevin.footprints@yahoo.co.uk

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