Floral Bling Fling brings £22,000 for hospice

Blooming success: This year's Bling Fling charity lunch was held at The Arches on Dean Clough.
Blooming success: This year's Bling Fling charity lunch was held at The Arches on Dean Clough.

This year’s Floral Bling Fling, which was held in Halifax, has been hailed a blooming great success – raising £22,000 in aid of Forget Me Not children’s Hospice.

Three hundred businesswomen from across West Yorkshire attended the charity lunch held at The Arches on Dean Clough.

The Bling Fling returned for the second year running this time with a floral theme, featuring beautiful flowers available for guests to buy in order to enter a special prize draw, plus more chances to win throughout the event.

Guests won lots of exciting prizes donated by businesses sponsoring the event, including tickets to see Take That donated by the John Smith Stadium in Huddersfield, Meals for a Year at 12 participating restaurants across Kirklees and Calderdale and Flowers for a Year donated by Yorkshire-based Ramsdens Solicitors.

Volunteers from Dewsbury Rams Rugby League club put a bit of muscle behind the event pitching in with a team of “Butlers in Bowties” to meet and greet the guests.

Compere Steve Royle, a comedian, radio presenter, actor, and writer, injected a whole bunch of mirth into the proceedings and dazzled with his wit and repartee.

Vicki Davenport, head of The Bling Fling committee said: “We’d like to thank everyone who made the event such a huge success.

“We couldn’t have done this without those attending getting behind the event and really getting involved. Each year this event gets bigger and better and we are so grateful to all those who donated prizes, support and time.”

The total raised topped the success of last year’s Diamond Bling Fling. With a glittering jewellery theme, the first event brought in £17,750 for the hospice, which supports families of children with life-shortening illnesses.