Businesses from across East Staffordshire have shown their support for a masquerade charity ball which raised more than £20,000 for diabetes care.
The black tie event, held at Wilderley Barn, in Abbots Bromley, was organised by sisters Lucinda Beardsmore and Stephanie Hough to raise vital funds for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a leading charity in Type 1 diabetes research, and the neonatal intensive care unit at Derby Royal Hospital.
They decided to raise money for JDRF as Mrs Beardsmore was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of six and Mrs Hough's son Alfred, who is now eight years old, was also diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic at the age of five.
Mrs Hough, who lives at Wilderley Barn, said: "Caring for someone with Type 1 can be a daily battle of routine blood testing, daily injections or pump infusions and sleepless nights. Raising money to improve the technology and care for people with Type 1 and hopefully one day a cure is very important to us.
"My sister's daughter Arabella was born at 28 weeks and the excellent care provided by NICU at Derby Royal saved her life. Although it is an NHS hospital, many pieces of the equipment in NICU is purchased through charity fund-raising."
The event raised a mammoth £20,820 for the two causes and now the sisters have thanked all the companies that helped make it possible. This included Burton firms such as Majestic Event Hire, in Scotch Hills, for providing the marquee, Alrewas Hayes Country House wedding venue for donating the crockery and Top Hat Occasions, in Abbots Bromley, for the luxury toilets.
Mrs Hough said: "The night went fantastically well. There was a fabulous auction and plenty of dancing. Overall we raised £20,820. This was a massive achievement.
"We organised a similar event three years ago which raised just more than £10,000 so we were thrilled with raising more than £20,000 with £7,000 going towards the NICU at Derby Royal and £13,820 towards JDRF."