Caring company raises £21,500 at black-tie ball for charities

CHARITY CHAMPIONS -- Hall-Fast owners Malk and Rachel Hall with guests at the charity ball.
CHARITY CHAMPIONS -- Hall-Fast owners Malk and Rachel Hall with guests at the charity ball.

A flourishing company based in Mansfield has raised a whopping £21,500 for charity from its annual black-tie ball.

The successful event was part of a drive by industrial supplies firm Hall-Fast to generate at least £30,000 inside 12 months, to be split between two worthy causes.

They are the brain-injury association, Headway, and Mansfield’s Fountaindale School, which helps youngsters, aged between three and 19, who have physical disablities, complex medical conditions and learning difficulties.

Hall-Fast joined forces with former Nottingham rugby legend David Jackson for the fundraising drive, which was spearheaded by the charity ball, held at the John Fretwell Centre in Mansfield.

“It was a fantastic event, and a huge success,” said managing director Malk Hall. “I would like to thank the event sponsors, everyone who donated auction and raffle prizes and all who came along.”

Almost £8,000 was also raised earlier this year from a 100-mile charity bike-ride that involved Nottingham Rugby Club. Another bike-ride -- this time covering 300 miles in 24 hours from Newcastle to London -- is scheduled for Saturday 22nd August.

Founded in 2006 and based on the Anglia Way Industrial Estate, Hall-Fast employs only seven people. But it serves various industrial sectors across the UK, plus 82 overseas markets, it stocks more than 45 million items, and when it comes to charity fundraising, the firm has a huge heart.

By the end of 2012, it will have raised more than £60,000 in only three years for the specialist school, Fountaindale. “We have a strong desire to give something back,” says boss Malk Hall. “That’s why you’ll see our name connected with a wide variety of initiatives and sponsorship in which we invest time, resources and finance.”