Two Walsall College students will be recreating the Roaring Twenties and holding their very own Great Gatsby-themed ball to raise funds for Well Wishers charity.
Megan Bell, 19 and Mun Yew, 21 have organised the glittering event as a way to give back to local communities which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ball will take place on Wednesday 25 May, 6.30pm, at Walsall College’s Wisemore Campus. Tickets are £30 per person and everyone is welcome.
The ticket includes a six-course meal with a quiz – to guess which countries the dishes originate from – alongside music, a live auction and prizes to be won.
The dress code is 1920s themed so guests are invited to make the most of the glamour of the flappers’ era.
The students said: “We chose this theme because we like the 1920s style and music, but also The Great Gatsby is a well-known film and book which we hope will entice our guests. We can’t wait to see everyone’s outfits from this era!”
The ball will be supporting Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Well Wishers charity.
Megan said: “We wanted to give back to the community especially because of recent events such as COVID-19. We wanted to choose a charity that would benefit from our fundraising.
“When we researched into charities and came across Well Wishers, we knew this would be a great one to support as it was local to us and could help the community we live in.
“We have seen all the great work it does and wanted to support it too.”
Mun added: “Since me, Megan and our families have experienced COVID-19, the stress and pressure on staff and patients is unimaginable. So we also chose for the money to go into Well Wishers’ general fund because the Trust has had to handle not just Covid-19 patients but everything else too.
“It feels so lovely to be able to do this and we feel so happy to be able to go ahead and use this part of our course to raise money for Well Wishers charity.”
Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley added: “A huge thank you to Megan and Mun for organising this ball and supporting our Trust charity. We are honoured to be the chosen charity.
“We are very grateful for any donations we receive as it allows us to purchase things over and above what the NHS can provide and helps make a difference to the experience of patients and their families using our services.”
For more information about this event please call 01922 657090.