Charity raises 70k at Fundraising ball

Publication: Epping Forest Guardian

By: Georgia Diebelius

Date: November 2014

A charity fundraising ball has raised more than £70,000 to make the dreams of terminally ill children come true.  The Dream Factory, which was launched by Avril Mills from Epping six years ago, hosted the Monte Carlo-themed event at Orsett Hall in Orsett, on Saturday.

Performances by X-Factor singer Lydia Lucy and acrobatic and dance act Donovan and Rebecca were enjoyed by over 280 guests. An auction hosted by EastEnders actor and comedian Terry Alderton included a host of donated ‘lots’ including signed football shirts from Pele and David Beckham and signed memorabilia from Olly Murs and Kylie Minogue. The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: “I am delighted that we have raised so much money.  “A lot of hard work went into organising the ball as we had so much going on but it all paid off and as a result so many more dreams will now be granted. The charity has granted 300 dreams in 8 years and has another 60 on a waiting list.  She added: “Everything was donated, all the prizes and auction prizes.   “We also had a life-size cocktail glass with a gorgeous girl dancing, a DJ, casino and the F1 simulator. “This was the best ball ever.”

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