Thomson black tie ball raises more than £13,000 for medical equipment

The Thomson Airways 10 Year Birthday Charity Ball – attended by pilots, cabin crew and medics – has raised over £13,000 for Bournemouth Hospital Charity.

The money raised will go towards medical equipment for the Royal Bournemouth Hospital’s new Jigsaw Building. The building is currently under construction at the hospital and will bring together cancer and blood disorders, women’s health, and breast care.

The event saw 180 guests enjoy a sumptuous three course meal at Compton Acres before bidding on a wide range of auction items, including AFC Bournemouth and Southampton FC season tickets. The winner of the seven-night all inclusive holiday donated by Thomson Airways was also announced.

Event organiser Caroline Cook, who is part of Thomson’s cabin crew, said: “I was really pleased with how the event went and everyone looked like they had a fantastic time. Lots of Thomson and hospital staff really got behind the event and tickets sold very quickly which was really motivating.

“Thomson staff have supported Bournemouth Hospital Charity for a long time and feel very passionate about a charity which has benefited so many of our family and friends.”

Barry Wilson, events officer for Bournemouth Hospital Charity, said: “Caroline did an absolutely amazing job of organising the ball. The £13,000 that she raised on the night adds to the £26,000 that Thomson staff based at Bournemouth Airport have raised since 2007. Raising almost £40,000 is a huge achievement. It’s an amazing amount of money and we’re very grateful to everyone involved.

£300 was also raised on the night for Make a Wish Foundation.

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