THE 105th Annual Father Hudson’s Ball took place on Friday February 6 at the new venue of The National Motorcycle Museum.
Braving the snow, 337 guests went along to enjoy a splendid evening of good food, dancing and fun while raising much needed funds for Father Hudson’s Society.
The new location proved to be a great success, the venue itself, the food and the service were all of an excellent standard and already plans are in hand to hold next year’s ball there.
Father Hudson’s Society is the social welfare agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham and cares for some of the poorest, marginalised and isolated people in the Archdiocese.
The guest of honour was Bishop David McGough. Music was provided by The Likely Lads and judging from the number of people on the dance floor their music hit just the right note.
The proceeds of the ball will go to Father Hudson’s Society New Routes Fostering Service, which provides foster families for children and young people between the ages of six and 18 years.
These children have in their short lives been through so much distress, fear and uncertainty.
New Routes foster carers are able to offer some of these disadvantaged children the love and stability of family life.
The generosity of those attending the ball in supporting the tombola, raffle and auction will help to resource New Route’s work finding much-needed foster carers for young mums and their babies and find stay-at-home carers who are needed to meet the special needs of very challenging children.
It will also enable New Routes to purchase equipment and materials, such as a pool table and arts and crafts materials for use by the girls’ group and teenage boys’ group.
Sixth form pupils from St Peter’s Catholic Solihull joined staff from Father Hudson’s Society as raffle-ticket sellers during the meal.
The success of the tombola stall, the raffle and the auction is made possible by the many people who so generously provide prizes.
The ball committee is extremely grateful to all the generous donors and expressed particular thanks to Catholic Today for being the main sponsor and for once again providing the principal auction prize of a seven night stay for two people at the Villa Palazzola near Rome.
Once again this proved to be a much sought after prize. Special thanks also went to Crucial Trading Ltd Coleshill for their prize of a £1,000 voucher to be spent on rugs of the bidder’s own choice.