Keyline raises over £10,000 at the ‘Best Ball in Town’

Keyline Builders Merchants held the 'Best ball in town' last weekend in support of their charity partner, The Prostate Cancer Charity, and raised a phenomenal £10,040.

Almost 200 guests from across the North-East region, including Keyline customers, suppliers and staff, arrived at Oulton Hall, Devere Hotel on Friday night (18th November) to enjoy a three course meal and an exciting evening of entertainment and fundraising.

Being held for the second year, the night was a huge success raising over £6,500 more than last year. The charity auction and raffle generated the majority of the donations, with fantastic prizes being donated from core suppliers including an Apple iPad2, signed sporting memorabilia, weekend breaks, spa treatments and concert tickets.

Amongst the guests was many a moustache, with plenty of men supporting the global campaign Movember and continuing to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

Through employee fundraising, the 14 Keyline branches throughout the North East have already raised over £10,000 this year for The Prostate Cancer Charity. Current fundraising activities at these branches include staff capturing 'mug-shot' themed photographs of men wearing their mo's with pride and Keyline vehicles promoting the campaign through a charity text service - supporters can donate £3 to Movember by texting 'buildamo' to '70003' with all proceeds going to Movember.

Commenting on the evening, Allan Wright, Keyline Regional Director, said:

"The opportunity for customers, suppliers and colleagues to come together for one evening in support of  our charity partner, whilst raising a large amount of money and awareness, is absolutely amazing and we could not have done it without the support of our suppliers; Wavin, Hepworth, Osma, British Gypsum, Knauf Insulation, Aco, Tensar, IG Lentils, Keylite, Stanton Bonna and Marshalls."

Allan concludes "My biggest challenge for next year is how the branches in the North East can deliver even greater support, as The Prostate Cancer Charity has truly become an integral part of the Keyline business."

Earlier this year, Keyline scooped a National Business Charity award for its partnership with The Prostate Cancer Charity. Since November 2009, through multiple fundraising initiatives across the Keyline network, the company; its staff, customers and suppliers have now raised in excess of £320,000.

Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at The Prostate Cancer Charity said: "Keyline has done an amazing job raising money and awareness since the start of the partnership. It is great to see the North East supporting the 'Best ball in town' raising over £10,000 - this is a clear sign of their ongoing support, dedication and commitment to helping us fight prostate cancer."