Crowds are wowed at second dementia Butterfly Ball

Organisers Francesca Hall and Andrew Goacher

The second annual dementia Butterfly Ball has been hailed as a fantastic success.

Held at Blackpool’s Hilton Hotel, guests were generous, buying raffle and bingo tickets to raise money for Blue Skies Hospital Fund’s Peace of Mind Appeal. The organisers have announced that so far the money raised from the two balls has now exceeded £10,000.

The appeal raises money to convert patient areas within Blackpool Teaching Hospitals into dementia friendly environments.

The guest of honour was Barbara Hodkinson MBE who founded the Dementia Butterfly scheme on which the theme for the ball was based.

In her speech, Barbara praised the Trust for their dementia care and urged staff to: “Continue what you are doing, because what you are doing is great.”

Organised by nurse and Dementia Champion, Francesca Hall and Clinical Change Facilitator, Andrew Goacher, guests were greeted by the My Stage Company’s Butterfly Girls.

Guests were also able to make a charity donation to have face and hair glitter make-up from local business, Bedazzled.

Louise Spiteri from Touch the Pearl with Gabor on saxophone serenade the crowd

Francesca said: “We’ve had a great evening and I want to thanks everyone for their generosity; from the kind donations from local businesses, to the people who bought tickets. It means so much to know that people really care about our patients living with dementia.”

Bingo and raffle prizes included an Apple Watch, Beaverbrooks jewellery and a five day pass to next year’s Lytham Festival.

Andrew said: “It’s been hard work, but it’s been worth it. The money raised from the two balls will make a real difference to our patient environments.”

Entertainment was provided by hosts Paul O’Brien and Alma Stewart with live music from Touch the Pearl.


Co-host Paul O’Brien with the Butterfly Girls from My Stage Company

The Butterfly Scheme provides a system of hospital care for people living with dementia. Find out more by visiting their website:

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