In the lead-up to Christmas, guests enjoyed champagne, canapés and a three-course dinner followed by dancing at the annual Cambridge BID Sparkle & Shine Ball. The event, at the Guildhall, was attended by 130 representatives from city centre businesses and also featured an auction for Jimmy’s Night Shelter. Altogether the event raised £5,500 for this fantastic local charity, which is the only emergency accommodation provider for the homeless in Cambridge.
“We are delighted to be supporting Jimmy’s Night Shelter as our charity for 2016-17 and to help homeless people gain new skills and control of their lives,” said Cambridge BID chairman Ian Sandison.
“There is a shortage of housing in Cambridge and sadly, homelessness has increased in the past five years or so. The ball kick-started a year of Cambridge BID fundraising activities on behalf of the charity. For example our sponsorship of the North Pole Ice Rink on Parker’s Piece will result in a percentage of ticket sales from the launch event being donated to Jimmy’s. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the businesses who generously donated gifts for the auction and other prizes,” said Ian.