A charity ball organised by Dronfield-based financial planners, Belmayne, has received a boost, thanks to the generosity of a Derbyshire artist.
A unique bowl, created specially by Chris Fisher RPT, will be auctioned at the Belmayne Foundation’s black-tie event, being held on Saturday (May 14).
The tactile blue charging dish is decorated with silver gilt and entitled “Every Cloud.” It was designed by Chris Fisher, also known as The Blind Woodturner, the UK’s only completely blind professional accredited woodturner. He learned his craft by listening to hundreds of hours of YouTube videos and now sells his products worldwide.
Almost 160 people are expected to attend Belmayne’s ball, which is being held at the Crowne Plaza Royal Victoria in Sheffield. The event is fully funded by the firm, so all money raised from ticket sales and activities on the night will be donated to the four small charities it is supporting this year. They are: Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team, Disability Awareness with Sport, Sheffield Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and Sight Support Derbyshire.
Martin Birch, a partner at Belmayne, said: “We are extremely grateful to Chris Fisher for taking the time to make this beautiful piece of art for our event and our friends at Sight Support Derbyshire for the introduction. There is no doubt it will be highly sought after and will help us generate generous sums of money for our charities. This year’s ball is set to be the biggest fundraiser we’ve ever organised and we would like to thank everyone who has booked tickets or donated prizes for their support.”
Belmayne will be auctioning and raffling a number of high-profile prizes, including tickets to see England v New Zealand at Twickenham, a bottle of wine signed by the Prime Minister, signed shirts from both Sheffield football teams and a signed photo of world champion mountain biker, Steve Peat.