Emerald Ball creates legacy in Father O’Leary’s memory

The St. Joseph’s Hospice Emerald Ball was a fantastic success, raising over £25,000 for the charity.

All the money raised from the Ball, which took place at the Isla Gladstone on 9th September, will create a 55th anniversary legacy for the hospice in memory of its founder, Father Francis O’Leary.

Local Comedian, Jed Stone, compered the evening and encouraged everyone to dig deep for an exclusive collection of raffle and auction prizes, including a vintage Emerald and Diamond Ring, two walk-on parts in a BBC drama and a Limited Edition Game of Thrones bundle.

Hospice Vice President, Dean Sullivan, aka Jimmy Corkhill from Brookside, also lent his support to the event and joined in with the evening’s celebrations.

After a delicious three-course meal, local band Hudson got everyone up and rocking on the dance floor, playing songs from across the decades.

Mike Parr, Chief Executive of St. Joseph’s Hospice, said: “Our Emerald Ball marked a very special occasion. Fifty five years ago our founder, the much-loved Father Francis O’Leary, began his mission to provide dignified and compassionate care for people coming to the end of their lives.

“Our Emerald Ball brought many of our supporters together, including families, staff, volunteers and local businesses, to celebrate this milestone and contribute towards the future of the hospice.

“It was a fantastic event from start to finish and I felt incredibly proud to be part of the hospice family.”

For further information about supporting the hospice, please contact the fundraising team on 0151 932 6044 or email events@jospice.org.uk.