Indian theme announced for Brighton Midsummer Charity Ball

PUBLISHED: 16:02 15 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:07 15 February 2016

Kirsty Pollard, Henry Butler, Kevin Duala & Mike Yardy with professional dancers (Photo by Stephen Johnson @ Digital Photo Magic)

Kirsty Pollard, Henry Butler, Kevin Duala & Mike Yardy with professional dancers (Photo by Stephen Johnson @ Digital Photo Magic)

Stephen Johnson @ Digital Photo Magic

Guests were treated to a taste of India last week (Thursday 11 February) at the launch event for the Midsummer Ball 2016.

Held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel the annual charity Ball, which this year takes place on Saturday 18 June, is supporting the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People and Brighton-based children’s charity Rockinghorse.

Hosted by Danny Pike from BBC Sussex, the Ball will be inspired by the colour and vibrancy of India which will be incorporated into the much-loved ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ style competition – a highlight of the evening. The event welcomes back local TV and radio star Zoe Ball as Head Judge of the dancing competition who will be joined by David Hill, Director of entertainment group E3 and last year’s winner, Barry Carden, Managing Director of Cardens Accountants.

Four local personalities have been tasked with the challenge to perfect a Bollywood-style dance all in the name of charity, guided by their expert dance partners. They are: Kirsty Pollard from Brighton Marina, Henry Butler of Butlers Wine Cellar, Kevin Duala from Overline UK and ex Sussex Sharks cricketer, Michael Yardy.

The foursome will be raising money for the two beneficiary charities who have come together for the common goal of helping sick and disabled children in Sussex. The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People helps disadvantaged and vulnerable young people across the UK and Rockinghorse is best-known for its work funding projects at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton as well as the neighbouring Trevor Mann Baby Unit. The Midsummer Ball raised over £100,000 last year and organisers are hoping to match the feat to fund young people’s projects right here in Sussex.

Simon Sheehan, Director of the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People, says: “The Indian Midsummer Ball will be a vibrant night of entertainment and fun. If the launch is anything to go by the Ball will a very colourful evening! Over the years we have helped so many young people thanks to the support of the local community of Brighton and Hove. Through the Ball we hope to transform the lives of even more vulnerable and sick children.”

Ryan Heal, CEO of Rockinghorse, added: “We are very much looking forward to working with the team from the Hilton Brighton Metropole and the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People again this year to put on another show-stopping Ball. Our thanks to the four dancers who have given up their time to take part in the dancing competition, helping us to raise funds for sick children right here in Sussex.”

Hosted by the team at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, guests will be treated to a sparkling drinks reception and a lavish Indian banquet specially prepared by Madhu’s. Entertainment will be provided courtesy of the E3 Group and guests will have the opportunity to take part in a number of fundraising events as well as enjoying the infamous indoor dodgems, sponsored by City Cabs.

Sascha Koehler, General Manager of the Hilton Brighton Metropole, commented: “The Midsummer Ball is an absolute highlight in the Brighton calendar and I am excited to welcome many of you to the hotel to raise money for two great charities.”

Tables for the Midsummer Ball on Saturday 18 June are selling quickly. Tickets are £85 per person or a table of 10 is available for £795. To book yours, please contact Nicky Willard on 01273 775432, email or online at

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