By LINDA FOO GUEST
TWO teachers smashed the fundraising target they set themselves from a charity ball in aid of children in the Philippines.
Louise and Gavin Attwood organised the event in Heswall to raise money for children affected by the typhoon disaster.
The ball at the Hillbark Hotel sold more than 400 tickets and raised an impressive £14,500 for the Save the Children Philippines Fund – exceeding their target of £10,000.
The couple from Meols are parents to three children, and had visited the country before. They wanted to help when they heard about the typhoon disaster in November.
Louise is a teacher at Wirral Grammar School for Girls and Gavin works at Foxfield School in Moreton.
Louise said: “The Hillbark For Haiyan Ball was a fantastic event with every one of our entertainment volunteers contributing to a real party atmosphere.
“We had two fantastic local bands – Madison and 54321. Rory Taylor from 54321 is currently rehearsing for the musical Rent, in London, but kindly came up for the evening to perform for us even though he had to get an early train back to London the next day.
“Both bands got people dancing and created a fantastic atmosphere that I am think everyone enjoyed.
“We had some incredible auction prizes ranging from one-off pieces of art to signed sports shirts. They were all donated to us completely free of charge.
“By far the stars of the show had to be the lovely children of West Kirby Primary School who were very brave and very professional. They performed two songs for guests and they were deeply moved by the children’s performance.
“We would like to say a huge thank you for all the support we received from friends and family to help with the event. It was entirely organised around our full-time jobs and our three small children, who keep us very busy.
“We would never had managed this without the help of others.”