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Grand Prix Ball on course to raise £20,000 for Children’s Charity

L-R Jenny Coonan and Kerry Magson of the Principle Trust

Supporters of a Yorkshire children’s charity are in pole position to raise thousands at a Grand Prix themed ball in Ilkley.

Around 200 supporters are expected to attend the event on Saturday 16th September at Ilkley’s historic Craiglands Hotel.

The event is being hosted by The Principle Trust Children’s Charity which provides free respite breaks to children who are underprivileged, disadvantaged, disabled, have life-limiting conditions, or who have experienced poverty, trauma or abuse.

Firmly established as the highlight of the Trust’s fundraising calendar, the ball attracts businesses across the Craven and Wharfedale districts. Ticket holders can expect an evening of black-tie glamour, high-octane racing, drinks, dining and dancing till the small hours.

Launched in 2011, The Principle Trust Children’s Charity was established by Ilkley businessman Mike Davies, MBE. Over the past decade the Trust has raised over £1m and provided respite breaks for more than 4700 children across the Yorkshire region.

Earlier this year the charity launched ‘Food for Families’, a £23,000 per annum initiative to provide an entire week’s supply of food and daily essentials for families taking a respite holiday provided by the charity.

Events and Marketing Manager Kerry Magson said: ‘The annual ball is a key event in The Trust’s fundraising calendar and is always generously supported. Tickets are already selling fast and every penny raised will fund vital respite breaks for dozens of needy children and their families.’

Kerry recently spoke to Ilkley radio station, Rombalds Radio, about the Grand Prix ball, listen again via the Rombalds Radio Local Podcast here.

Tickets cost £60pp. A 10% discount applies to tables of 10 booked before 31 August. Contact Kerry Magson at or 07854 537 919 or visit for more information.


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