AN annual ball has raised more than £35,000 for two county charities.

The Worcestershire Ambassadors, who seek to promote the county as a place to live, work and do business, hosted their annual black-tie ball to raise money for Worcestershire Community Trust and St Paul's Hostel.

More than 350 people attended the 60s-themed event at West Midland Safari Park which saw performances from live bands and a 60-strong choir, as well as a gin raffle and auction all held with the aim of raising as much funds as possible.

Kevin Powell, chair of the Worcestershire Ambassadors said: "Our annual ball is our flagship event and I was delighted to see so many ambassadors and businesses attending.

"To raise such an amazing total is the icing on the cake and I’d like to personally thank Ambassadors Tracey Hopkins and Judy Owen who organised a wonderful event which will live long in the memory."

Tracey Hopkins added: "We are lucky to have the support of local businesses such as West Midland Safari Park who each year kindly give us their Tree Tops marquee for free, along with DRPG who took care of all the technology and lighting.

"We would also like to thank Barclays Bank who match-funded the £2,000 raised through the gin raffle."

The Worcester Ambassadors’ next event, the ‘Christmas Drunch’, will take place on Friday 13 December at Worcester’s Bolero venue.

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