Bury St Edmunds: Greene King ball to support Focus12 drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity

L to R Dom South (Greene King) Chip Somers (Focus 12) and BBC Radio Suffolk's Rob Dunger at Greene K

L to R Dom South (Greene King) Chip Somers (Focus 12) and BBC Radio Suffolk's Rob Dunger at Greene King's annual charity ball in Bury St.Edmunds - Credit: Archant

AN ANNUAL ball which has already raised £50,000 for a Suffolk -based drugs and alcohol rehabilitation charity is set to take place again this year.

Over the past three years the event, organised by brewers Greene King, has generated the money for Focus12, which is based in Risbygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, with last year’s total reaching a record £21,000.

The ball is being held in a giant marquee in the gardens of the brewers, off Westgate Street, on Thursday, May 9.

It will include a drinks reception and three-course meal, as well as live entertainment and various fundraising activities including an auction.

Dom South, marketing director for Greene King Brewing and Brands, said everyone was hopeful even more could be raised at this year’s event.

He said: “We are immensely proud to support Focus12. It’s a charity that battles for funding, as many others do in this current economic climate, and needs continued support.

“We’ve been at the heart of this community for more than 200 years and during that time we’ve always tried to look out for the welfare of our friends and neighbours.

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“That’s why we’re determined to set a new record total this year and have another fantastic evening in the process.”

Focus12 offers abstinence-based treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, as well as invaluable guidance and counselling for affected family members.

Chip Somers, chief executive of Focus12, said: “Greene King has been hugely supportive of us over the years, and we are extremely grateful they have once again agreed to help us by hosting this event.

“This continued endorsement of Focus12 and the important work we do by one of Britain’s best-known and most-loved breweries is a very brave step and a real indication of Greene King’s genuine and enthusiastic commitment to their social responsibility.”

Tickets cost £45 per person or £425 for a table of 10.

They are on sale from the Greene King Brewery visitor centre, telephone 01284 714297.

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