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Whopping donations from charity fundraising gala

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Annual ball sees massive amount raised for Enable's projects across Scotland

A charity ball has raised a massive £150,000 – all thanks to 400 generous benefactors attending on the night.

Enable’s annual ball is a star-studded event that attracts the great and good.

And this year it went one further raising a record amount for disabled children.

The cash will go to Enable’s 14 projects across the country supporting children, families and carers.

Hosted by BBC sport presenter Hazel Irvine and former radio personality Grant Stott in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery, the theme of the night was children and families highlighting the challenges those with additional support needs face.

Speaking at the event, Theresa Shearer, Enable’s chief executive, said: “There are more than 15,000 children of school age in Scotland who have learning disabilities.

“Many of these children do not get the support they need. They are isolated and alone. Their parents struggle to find people who will listen to them.

“We know that the services we currently offer for children and young people are oversubscribed with waiting lists that go on and on. The money raised tonight by our generous guests will help to change that and will transform the lives of families in Scotland.”

Jaqueline Foy, whose son is supported by the charity’s Cumbernauld-based after-school support service Rascals, said: “I honestly don’t know where we would be without Enable. If we didn’t have that support I couldn’t work, or focus on anyone else in the family.

“I fear we wouldn’t be together as a family unit to be honest. It is a lifeline and there are so many families like us that need this type of help, but it just isn’t there.”