Almost £15,000 was raised for good causes across Hyndburn following the Mayor’s ball held at Accrington Stanley’s Wham Stadium.

Mayor Cllr Terry Hurn’s chosen causes for his year in office included Milly’s Smiles, a group that works to support children newly diagnosed with cancer-related illnesses; Jeffrey’s Battle with Batten Disease, a crowdfunded effort to help a little boy keep going despite his illness; and Accrington Stanley Women, who serve as an admirable source of female empowerment for all.

The generous donations included two hospitality tickets to see Girls Aloud at the AO Arena; two hospitality tickets to see comedian Paul Smith at the AO Arena; two tickets for a VIP box at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United v Burnley; and eight tickets for a private box experience in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand for Manchester United v Everton.

Eddy O’Brien, CEO of LS Music Studios, a gold sponsor for the event, said: “As a company we are extremely passionate about giving back to the local community and the Mayor’s Ball presented a wonderful opportunity to raise money for some incredible charities.”

Among the bids on the night was the winner of the eight-ticket VIP experience at Old Trafford, which raised an incredible £1,250 from Cindy Singleton of NORI – HR and Employment Law.

Accrington Stanley Women donated a signed football amongst other items, raising £400.

Entertainment on the night included the Accrington Pipe Band, singer Sophie Stott, St Andrews School, and an Abba tribute band.

Mayor Cllr Terry Hurn said: “I’m blown away by the amount of money we’ve raised for my chosen causes this year and I’ll be delighted to hand it over. The whole evening was incredible from start to finish, and I must thank our sponsors, everyone who donated raffle and auction prizes, and all bids and donations received on the evening.

“Huge thanks also go to the hospitality staff at Accrington Stanley, plus Scott Dawson Advertising who have worked tirelessly on organising the event for over six months, and donated their time and all the print work – everyone has worked so hard and I couldn’t have wished for anything more!”