Ball celebration for Isle’s Team Verrico charity

Team Verrico Ball
Team Verrico Ball

Its ongoing swell of support saw Isle-based charity Team Verrico add another £5,000 plus to its coffers, following a glittering Masquerade Ball in Scunthorpe.

The popular event at the Baths Hall has been held on an annual basis since cancer charity Team Verrico was formed in November 2013, following the death from breast cancer of young mum Anna Verrico of Epworth.

Entertainers this year included Britain’s Got Talent violinist Alexandra Parker, from the Isle, and singer Mash. The whole event was compered by trustee Phil Crosbie, a lawyer at Eversheds in Leeds.

Attendees learned about work that the charity has accomplished and viewed video stories from a number of grateful people whose lives were extended after receiving treatment options from Team Verrico referrals.

Singer Ella Henderson lent her signature tune ‘Glow’ to the charity’s video of the year’s fundraising, highlighting work by 400 or so volunteers.

Head of Counselling, Fleur Binnington, led a charity auction to raise over £1,000 and said: ‘The annual ball gives us a platform to engage with those who support us; gives us a chance to say thank you and also reminds people of the services we provide. The counselling service is new to the charity this year but has made a real difference both to local Isle residents who access the provision and those further afield who we look after.”

Treasurer Jackie McHale, of Wroot, added: “We were delighted to see so many people enjoying themselves and having fun with the masks which they wore.”

Chair Paul Verrico said ‘It was fantastic to have such support from the Isle. Many Isle businesses including Tembe, Isle Lose It and We Can Run were well represented which was great to see. A number of those we have helped over the last 12 months also turned out with their families too.”

“Team Verrico’s signature ‘Hero’ event, the Anna Verrico Half Marathon in Epworth is now available to enter on line, on the Run Britain website, and is on September 25 2016.