Inaugural charity ball boosted by McCarthy & Stone sponsorship

A glamorous charity ball has raised thousands of pounds for Age UK Horsham District - with a little help from retirement developer McCarthy & Stone, who pledged £1,000 to the cause.

A glamorous charity ball has raised thousands of pounds for Age UK Horsham District - with a little help from retirement developer McCarthy & Stone, who pledged £1,000 to the cause.

The UK's leading retirement specialists sponsored the champagne reception at the inaugural Grand Charity Ball, which raised a staggering £7,270 for Age UK Horsham District.

The event was held at the prestigious South Lodge Hotel on Saturday and was a sell-out success with more than 100 people attending.

The ball was the brainchild of Deborah Johnston, co-ordinator of the Suzanne Green Day Centre in Horsham, who wanted to raise awareness of the charity's work and funds to continue its activities.

Deborah said: "Charities for older people often go by the board so we wanted to do something to raise the profile of our charity. It was a fantastic evening.

"The sponsorship from McCarthy & Stone helped hugely. We were absolutely thrilled. It really did make a difference. It is great that the company supported us and helped make this an event to remember, which in turn will help us make sure Horsham District's residents enjoy a safer, secure and more fulfilling later life."

As well as the champagne reception, there was a raffle, auction, dinner, entertainment and a guest speaker. Actress Amanda Waring is a passionate campaigner for older people's rights who directed the award winning film 'What do you see?', starring Virginia McKenna.

Julie Ward, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for McCarthy & Stone, said: "As a developer, we try to build not just places where people want to live, but also provide quality properties that encourage a real sense of community and local pride. The work Age UK Horsham District undertake is very worthwhile and commendable, so we were more than happy to sponsor the champagne reception."

Last year, planning permission was granted for a new Later Living development in Horsham. McCarthy & Stone was been given the go-ahead to build an attractive collection of 46 apartments exclusively for those aged 60 and above.

The one and two bedroom privately owned retirement properties will be ideally situated on Brighton Road, a short distance from Horsham town centre and the local railway station, with links to London, Portsmouth and Bognor Regis.

With over 35 years of experience, McCarthy & Stone has become Britain's leading provider of retirement apartments, having built more than 45,000 apartments in 1,000 different schemes.

Its Later Living developments offer the independence of retaining home ownership while living in an apartment specifically designed for later life. Facilities include a shared lounge, guest suite, laundry room and a lift. A dedicated house manager ensures the smooth running of the development and a security entrance system plus 24-hour emergency call points provide peace of mind for both residents and their families. All properties are low maintenance and energy efficient.

Construction on the new Horsham development is provisionally anticipated to start in spring 2013.