Dinner dances raises more than £3,500

October 05 2017
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THE Heads Up dinner dance at the Swan Hotel in Wells was a tremendous success.

A hundred guests filled the hotel’s Sadler Street function rooms and raised more than £3,500 for the mental health charity based at South Horrington

“I have had so many phone calls saying what a fantastic night it was,” said Heads Up manager Bridget Harvey. “I warmly thank the Swan’s owner Kevin Newton and manager Mark Tobin, everyone who came, and all the generous businesses who donated raffle and auction prizes.

“It just goes to show how the community can pull together to support people living with dementia.”

On arrival guests were welcomed with gentle music played by accordionist Karen Tweed and her soprano saxophone playing husband Andy, as well as a glass of chilled prosecco. Guest of honour was Wells MP James Heappey who praised the staff and volunteers who work at Heads Up.

He also said that although the voluntary sector does great work, the government needed to increase its funding for those with mental illnesses.

The chair of the Heads Up trustees, Wendy Attridge, thanked My Heappey, who is a patron of the charity, and the Swan for their continued support.

Running the lively auction and raffle with aplomb and a flurry of jokes was Merv Colenutt, the Wells-based sports reporter and music event promoter.
The evening ended with visits to the bar and dancing to the sounds of radio DJ Pat Bensburg.

Picture, top: From left, Kate Heappey, MP James Heappey, chair of Heads Up trustees Wendy Attridge, Heads Up manager Bridget Harvey and fundraisers and event organisers Philip Welch and Merv Colenutt