Glamour and fun at Brainy Bunch Ball!

Photo credit: Graham Reading

Around 40 glamorous ball goers flocked to Wootton Bridge last Saturday evening (September 7) to the second annual charity ball organised by the Co-operative Funeral Care in St John’s Road, Ryde.

The black tie event raised £500 for The Wight Brainy Bunch, as guests were treated to an indulgent three-course meal featuring some of the very best of Island produce.
Guests also got bidding on a selection of special items including an afternoon tea at Yelfs Hotel, some specialised Isle of Wight glass Christmas bubbles and a night in a beautiful cabin in Newchurch.

Lesley Borton, Funeral Co-ordinator said: “There was a lot of good natured bidding. The raffle went well and included a very large basket hamper.

“This was our second year of holding the event but there was still just as much work that went into organising it so we are really glad it was another success. The food was delicious. In fact, we have already booked in a date for our third event at the Lakeside Hotel on June 27. This time it will be slightly less formal but just as much fun!”

Photo credit: Graham Reading

Kathryn Grimes founded the charity with her husband who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.

Kathryn said: “We are still a relatively new and small charity and usually rely on arranging our own events to raise funds, so to have such wonderful support from Ryde Co-op Funeralcare this year is incredible.”

According to the charity, there are over 102,000 people living with a brain tumour in the UK, with more children and adults under the age of 40 dying of brain tumours than from any other form of cancer.

You can e-mail to reserve your place for next year’s event at