Gala dinner raises £40,000 for trust

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A gala dinner has raised tens of thousands of pounds for a new charitable trust set up by a Boston firm.

The event was held last Saturday in support of the Freshtime Futures Trust, the brainchild of the Marsh Lane-based Freshtime UK

It saw 500 guests enjoy cocktails on arrival, a three-course meal, and top-class entertainment at Springfields Event Centre in Spalding.

All proceeds raised during the Fire and Ice Gala Dinner – from a combination of ticket sales, sponsorship and money donated for luxury auction prizes – will help launch the Freshtime Futures Trust.

The trust will help young people aged 11 to 25 across the county to realise their full potential by providing financial support. It will allow recipients to access specialist training or apprenticeship schemes and support additional academic or sporting pursuits.

Mark Newton, managing director of Freshtime and trustee of the Freshtime Futures Trust, said: “After months in the planning, we couldn’t be more pleased about the success of our first official fundraising event.

“It was great to be able to welcome so many colleagues and members of the local community to share our aims for the Freshtime Futures Trust and enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment.”

The evening saw BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Melvyn Prior introduce live acts and showcase some of the lots up for grabs in the live text auction, which included the chance to be a mascot at Boston United and a training session with Commonwealth gold medallist boxer Callum Johnson.

The highest winning bid was £10,000 for a three-day charter on a luxury yacht.

Mark added: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in organising the event as well as those who joined us to help make the evening so special.

“We are overwhelmed by the support and more excited than ever to get started and help young people from across Lincolnshire to fulfil their dreams.”