More than 200 people attended a charity ball to raise funds for Realise charity and celebrate its 10th anniversary relaunch.
The evening, held at Keele Hall, relaunched the focus of the charity while celebrating its 10-year commitment to helping people in communities across North Staffordshire through skills, jobs and health.
Over 200 invited guests attended the ball, including representatives from more than 30 local businesses, along with numerous local dignitaries and partners of Realise charity.
“At a time when there is little funding for public services we’re making a stand to deliver more back to our region and help people in our communities during their time of need.”
Philippa Holland, who earlier this year took on the role of Chair of Realise charity, said: “At a time when public spending is low and when people in our region need support, we’re proud to be able to help our communities; seeing young people get their first job, our older customers gain independence, and local families receive essential support.”
Generous local businesses sponsored tables at the glamorous black-tie event, with all proceeds going towards future programmes and projects in North Staffordshire. Funds were also raised on the night through a live auction, a tombola, and donations from guests.
During the event, guests got to hear first hand from beneficiaries like Josh, who received funding from Realise to help him get to work, alongside Nicola, who was supported 10 years ago and has now gone full circle in her career.
Will Nixon, Trustee of Realise charity, said: “In its 10 years Realise has helped more than 10,000 people and invested over £2m in our communities. By bringing people together and providing practical help, we can build better futures and break down the causes of poverty for generations to come.”