Shaken not stirred at glitzy annual ball

23 August 2012

Diamonds are forever - and one lucky guest will win a beautiful diamond necklace at a charity ball in Barnsley next month.

Barnsley Hospice’s annual fundraiser will have a 007 theme this year and the special prize in an ‘open the box’ competition will be an 18 carat white gold necklace set with a sparkling diamond.

Organiser Mandy Ibbotson, aka Miss Moneypenny, said: “Guests will have the chance to buy a plain jewellery box for £10 and one of the boxes will contain the magnificent necklace.”

The diamond competition is just one feature of the James Bond-themed evening at which guests will be served cocktails – shaken not stirred – by a Jaws look-alike on arrival. They will then enjoy a four-course meal to the sound of iconic Bond themes and dancing will follow.

“James Bond will not be parachuting in by helicopter with any special guests,” said Mandy, “but we can still guarantee a thrilling evening for everyone.”

Bond would approve of the black tie dress code. People can also come along dressed up as their favourite Bond hero or villain.

Barnsley Hospice has ten beds for inpatient care and provides day care in its Limes Unit as well as a wide range of other services. It has to find £1.9m on top of its NHS grant of £1.6m every year and relies heavily on volunteers, donations and sales at its nine shops around the borough.  

Organisers hope the fundraising dinner and dance will top last year’s event which raised around £10,000 for the hospice.

Mandy said: “Tables seat ten or 12 people and the charity evening can be a great way to meet new people or make an excellent night out for family groups, friends and office parties.”

The Barnsley Hospice Annual Ball “Shaken Not Stirred” will take place at the Holiday Inn, Barnsley, on September 14th, 7.30pm – 1.30am. Tickets, priced £45, are available by contacting Mandy on 01226 323628 or



Barnsley Hospice’s main aim is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients while supporting their relatives and friends during the period of illness and bereavement. 
Its services include specialist pain and symptom management, complementary therapies, counselling and support groups. There is also a service for people who have lymphedema – a build-up of fluid in the body which causes swelling. It can be a side effect of cancer or radiotherapy but it can affect people who do not have cancer.
For more information about Barnsley Hospice go to:
Media contact at the hospice: Laura Conrad on 01226 244 244 (ext 263) or 07787 408257 or email

Alternatively, ring Mandy Ibbotson on 01226 323628 or at

Additional media contact: Steph Pollard 01226 766700 or Kate Betts on 07792 764891 or


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