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19th October 2011



The fabulous Touch of Class Ball, which has been supported by Better now for over 3 years, is the annual fundraising dinner that is hosted in aid of the Holistic Cancer Care Centre and this year’s glitzy sell-out event was held on Friday 7th October at the delightful Gisborough Hall Hotel.

Steven who owns Chapters Hotel & Restaurant and with his Brother Peter, The House Designer Wear , has spoken of his delight at raising another fantastic amount of £13,500 with the event held at Gisborough Hall on Friday 7th October. This now takes the total raised over the 6 years to £113,500 – an amazing feat!

Steven and Peter would like to express their thanks for the continuous support and generosity received from sponsors Glamal EngineeringKAEFER GroupBetter Brand Agency, Gisborough Hall Hotel, Court HomemakersWhittakers JewellersMiddlesbrough Football Club,  &The Flower Box to name but a few.

Hosted annually by radio presenter Judie McCourt, the evening’s Hollywood themed fun and entertainment included performances by The Paul James Band, Jack Mitchell, The Butlers In The Buff,  The showbiz and Doctor Brown & The Groovecats, plus a fund raising Casino, Art Sale & raffles.

Judie introduced the evening with Steven Bell, patron, and then Lynne Gray, manager of the Centre invited guests  to listen to patients from the Holistic Cancer Care centre understanding what the centre actually does for them – these heartfelt messages touched the guests hearts and helped raise the fantastic amount on the evening.

The evening consisted of a popular heads n tails introductory game, Silent Auction, Grand Auction, Raffle Draw, a tombola and due to the vast amount of donated artwork, this year saw the introduction of an Art Sale.

A vast array of special prizes were on offer including Fender Stratocaster, ringside tickets to Michael Katsidis Fight in November, lunch at Coutts & Co, Living Room performance by Alistair Griffin, MFC mascot experience and a stunning Charriol Watch supplied by Whittakers Jewellers, all which were displayed by the specially requested assistants- the butlers in the buff & the Tiller Girls

Guest auctioneer, Richard Storry from Lithgow Sons & Partners, got the fundraising into full swing, achieving a fabulous result for the charity.

Steven Bell, Patron of the charity said:

“I would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s event and particular thanks goes to the people who are there ever year and all those who kindly donated prizes. It was a fantastic evening and we are thrilled to have raised so much money for the charity.

Using therapies that complement orthodox cancer treatments, The Holistic Cancer Care Centre supports patients through the physical side effects and emotional roller coaster that experiencing a cancer diagnosis brings.

Lynne Gray, Deputy Manager at the Holistic Cancer Care Centre, said: “All the efforts to make A Touch of Class such a success are very much appreciated.  To have raised the £100,000 over the previous five years is a tremendous achievement, but to then again hit a target over £13,500 this year is just unbelievable especially more so in the current economic climate”.

To view and download photos from the night, please visit

For further information regarding A Touch of Class, contact Rachel Power at Chapters Hotel & Restaurant on 01642 711888.

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