Dorset Blind Association to celebrate their 100th Birthday with Centenary Ball in October

We are hosting our Centenary Ball this October to commemorate the one hundred years that the charity been supporting local people suffering from serious sight loss. The prestigious event will take place on Saturday 13th October at The Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth, with over 120 attendees expected to attend.

The charity’s Centenary Ball is unique this year in celebrating its 100th anniversary, so expect even more razzle-dazzle than the usual Masquerade Ball that the charity runs annually. Dorset Blind Association invites local supporters, volunteers and the visually impaired members to join the evening’s celebrations to indulge in the luxury of this black tie event whilst celebrating a fantastic one hundred years of service. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the charities Patrons; Lord Julian and Lady Emma Fellowes, plus the President of Dorset Blind Association, James Weld of the Lulworth Estate.

Jonathan Holyhead, Chief Executive Officer at Dorset Blind Association said, “We are really excited to be celebrating the milestone of our charity’s 100th birthday with our Centenary Ball and I am sure that everyone who joins us will have a wonderful evening. We are proud of all we have achieved for blind and partially sighted people throughout the county during those one hundred years, but also acutely aware that serious sight loss will still be a blight on too many people’s lives in Dorset for the foreseeable future, so we don’t just want people to help us to celebrate the past, but also to help ensure we are strong for the future and always able to help all the people who will still need us in the years ahead.”

Guests will be welcomed by a glass of fizz and then treated to a sumptuous 3 course meal including wine and coffee, followed by fabulous entertainment from the local favourites ‘Swing Unlimited Big Band’, who will definitely get the guests dancing the night away. Guests will also be able to try their luck at the Viva Las Vegas casino, raffle and luxury auction.

This great event is once again sponsored by local Dorset company, Blue Sky Financial Planning. Gary Neild, Managing Director, has been a long-standing supporter of Dorset Blind Association.
Gary Neild says: “I am delighted to once again be supporting a Dorset Blind Association event. This is a charity close to my heart and as a company, Blue Sky Financial Planning are dedicated to showing our support. The work DBA do with so many local people is invaluable. I’ll be bringing some of my team, clients and guests – we’re all looking forward to a super evening.”

We receive no statutory funding, despite the importance of the work and therefore rely on the kind support of local people to help keep the vital services going. The value of the charity’s work was recognised last year by us receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, an award that highlights the dedication of the charity and its volunteers to its members and the local community.

The charities Centenary Ball will be held at The Hilton Hotel, Bournemouth, BH2 5EL. Tickets are £60.00 per person or £600.00 for a table of 10.  If you would like to attend the charity’s Centenary Ball on Saturday 13th October then contact Helena Sinclair on 01202 712864 or go to: