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.