Business Community Lends its Support to Upcoming Charity Ball


A glittering Charity Ball in aide of the Oakland Foundation is taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum and Conference Centre, Birmingham on Friday 6th September 2019.

Headline sponsors lining up to support the event include SPAR UK, Calderhead Refrigerated Transport, Lorica Insurance Brokers, Perfect Personnel, Starkey Electrical, Supreme Systems and Oakland International.

Compere will be radio presenter Dan Kelly with entertainment provided by singer, dancer, actor, finalist on the X Factor, champion of the Champions Dancing On Ice 2014 and TV Hollyoaks regular Ray Quinn. Also joining the line-up will be tribute 80s cover band Retro Electro, magician Infiniti Magic and Ipsley RSA Academy’s school choir.

SPAR UK Supply Chain Controller Vinesh Patel, commented: “We’re delighted to be a sponsor and support such a fantastic charity as the Oakland Foundation. The work they undertake with organisations and groups who work with children and young people in the community is commendable.”

A black-tie event where all money raised from the Charity Ball will go towards the work of the Foundation with schools, community and youth organisations in and around Redditch and Bromsgrove.

Oakland Foundation Trustee, Luke Attwell, stated: “Our inaugural Charity Ball raised over £8,000 which helped to provide a range of funded initiatives and activities for children under 16 and their families through educational, sports and health and nutritional programmes. Going forward we hope to extend our links with more local schools and businesses, increase our match-funding partnerships and create new opportunities with the council and local community groups.”

Figures from End Child Poverty (January 2018) state that over 23.5% of children in Redditch and over 15.3% of children in Bromsgrove are currently living in poverty. Oakland International set up the Oakland Foundation six-years ago to try and address this. Today 30% of children living in the UK are living in poverty, or 9 children in a classroom of 30, even though 67% of children in poverty have at least one parent in work.

Projects which have received Oakland Foundation support include working with schools to fund educational enrichment activities, the Bonterre Project which offers children the chance to take part in a range of agricultural activities which builds self-confidence, motivation and personal resilience and Redditch Active Kitchen which provides youth activity programmes and food during school holidays.

For enquiries and to book please call: 07964 001705 or email: Single tickets are £95 or £850 for a table of ten. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Oakland Foundation charity.