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The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) held its 16th annual charity ball in aid of ChildLine on Friday 13rd November 2015 at The InterContinental Hotel in London. The Charity Ball was generously sponsored by First Choice Software, a leading supplier of recruitment software since 1996.

The night raised over £48,000, which will have a significant impact on the support that the charity is able to offer vulnerable children and young people.

Since it was formed in 1985, ChildLine has counselled over 2.6 million children. Last year, volunteers answered 462,505 calls of the 652,382 they received. Each £5 raised allows the charity to answer a child’s cry for help. Donations from the evening will also help ChildLine to extend its support even further by supporting its text and email services as well as providing funding for training much needed new councillors.

As always, the Charity Ball was themed, with this years’ guests transported to Great Gatsby’s mansion on Long Island in the Roaring Twenties for an evening of fine food, drink and entertainment.
Guests arrived to a Champagne Reception, sponsored by Churchill Knight, which was followed by a speech from John Cameron, Head of Child Protection Operations at the NSPCC. Attendees were entertained by Charleston dance troupe, The Twin Swing, karaoke, a ‘funny money’ casino, sponsored by giant group, and fairground attractions at ‘APSCoNEY Island’. All guests left with a Great Gatsby themed goodie bag packed with donations.

Guests generously donated through pledge forms, a live auction, a silent auction, a raffle and a lucky dip. Broadbean Technology also sponsored the 11th annual Champagne Diamond Draw where the lucky winner, Suzanne Guile from First Choice Software, scooped a 0.9cts Tiffany & Co necklace.

Commenting on the event, APSCo CEO, Ann Swain, said:

“I’d like to thank everybody who attended this year’s Great Gatsby themed Charity Ball for once again making the event a huge success. I’m sure you will agree that we all had a fantastic evening in aid of a very worthy cause.”

“The APSCo Annual Charity Ball is the jewel in the crown of our event calendar. In recent years our generous members have helped us to raise in excess of £2 million for the NSPCC’s ChildLine charity – a sum that has no doubt helped change the lives of many children and young people through its free, confidential 24-hour counselling service.”

“Thank you to all our guests, sponsors and donors, for digging deep and giving so generously. All money donated on the night will go directly to ChildLine where I’m sure it will touch the lives of the children and young people who need it most. APSCo members should be incredibly proud of their ongoing contributions towards this absolutely vital service.”


Notes to editors

In September 2011, APSCo was announced as an official partner of the NSPCC. The NSPCC’s ChildLine, APSCo’s chosen charity, was formed in 1985 and since then has lent support and practical advice to all children under the age of 18. In 2014, ChildLine provided counselling to over 480,000 children.

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