Rocket-fuelled fundraiser for vulnerable children raises vital cash for NSPCC


A space-themed 9th annual Emerald Ball generates pivotal funds and awareness for the local NSPC

The 9th NSPCC Emerald Ball landed on Saturday night raising much-needed money for vulnerable children in Colchester and surrounding areas. KAT Marketing and Colchester NSPCC Business Group’s ‘Out of This World’ dinner dance beamed down for a night of space-themed glamour held at Wivenhoe House Hotel.

The star-spangled and fun-packed evening featured Stormtroopers, cartoonists and 5 piece band ‘The Fandangos’ and guests even enjoyed an impromptu ‘Mannequin Challenge’ which was recorded for social media. The NSPCC is celebrating 30 years of Childline in 2016 and the evening helped the local group boosts its donation to just over £5,000 in support of this service.

The annual event promotes the NSPCC, their ChildLine service – which is celebrating its thirtieth year – and all the amazing work they do for local children. The money generated will be used to ensure that children aged 5-11 will learn the invaluable and essential safeguarding information. The NSPCC’s ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ programme provides local children in the Essex area with child-friendly and interactive workshops aimed to help them understand and recognise the varying types of abuse and raise the alarm if they arise.

Katie Skingle, Chairwoman of the NSPCC Business Group, was delighted to bring a “galaxy far away to Colchester for one night only” saying: “The theme really bough this marvellous event to life for its 9th year and all for a cause that is close to our hearts and something we are immensely proud to support.

The NSPCC believes that every child should be free to use their imagination and dare to dream of far-away plants and we wanted this night to transport our guests back to their childhood in a bid to raise money for the NSPCC, who are there for vulnerable children in the area who need support.”

To join the Colchester NSPCC Business Group (CNBG) please go to and register your interest.

Successful NSPCC World Record attempt

Largest game of musical statues at Colchester Party in the Park for charity

NSPCC volunteer
NSPCC volunteer

The successful world record attempt for the largest game of musical statues took place at Colchester Party in the Park on Saturday 30th July 2016.

At 6pm, with over 3,000 people in attendance, 1,116 took part in the successful musical statues world record attempt – not only breaking the previous year’s record of 1,079 but raising £2000 in aid of the NSPCC’s pioneering Speak out Stay safe programme which empowers children, helping them understand abuse and giving them confidence to speak out and stay safe.

The money raised helps the NSPCC Speak ou

Sam Sawyers, Musical Chairs Winner
Sam Sawyers, Musical Chairs Winner

Stay safe programme to ensure all children aged 5-11 learn this essential safeguarding information in a lively, interactive and memorable way. The programme provides child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops to help children: understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs of abuse, know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse and know how to get help, and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service.

Chairwoman of the NSPCC Business Group Katie Skingle said: “Colchester Party in the Park has once again been a fun day out for everyone, not only breaking a Guiness World Record, but £2000 was raised for a brilliant cause – the NSPCC’s Speak out Stay safe programme. Childline is celebrating 30 years this year and it was such a great way to raise awareness and mark that milestone forever. We’re grateful to the Colchester Party in the Park team and most importantly to each every person that joined us on the day to help make this happen.”

Colchester’s Party in the Park was a two day event in Castle Park Colchester to raise money for local and national charities. The organisers of Colchester Party in the Park, Don Quinn and Terry Croucher, offered this opportunity to the residents of Colchester to get the town into the record books and promising to donate £1 from every ticket sale of Party in the Park to the Colchester NSPCC.

Don Quinn, one of the organisers of Colchester Party in the Park said “What a smashing day out. Thousands have been raised for such an excellent cause in the NSPCC – every penny will make a difference to their Speak out and Stay Safe programme. However, not only did we raise so much for charity, we also put Colchester on the map and broke a Guiness World Record with the largest game of musical statues.”

Aside from the record breaking musical statues, the weekend also included musical performances on Friday and Saturday night from top Colchester band the Newtown Kings and Abba, Queen and David Bowie tribute bands, ending of course with a fantastic firework display.

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