£25,000 raised at Light up a Heart Ball! It was a night to remember for both Wessex Heartbeat and its supporters, as an evening of remembering loved ones and top class entertainment managed to raise £25,000 in total. Malcolm Eyers, former lead singer of the renowned Rufus Stone and close friend of Wessex Heartbeat; ensured that the night went smoothly by taking on the Master of Ceremonies role for the evening. He would go on to perform for everybody in attendance, accompanied by the fantastic pianist and former heart patient, Bobby Ward-Jones. That wasn't it for the entertainment, as live music was provided by the incredible "Angelo Starr and the Team aka Edwin Starr Band" who came to party and did so throughout the night. Although vital to a good night, the entertainment wasn't the sole purpose of the evening as everybody at the event were graced with the presence of the incredible Mr Nicola Viola; Consultant Paediatric Congenital Cardiac Surgeon and Dr Tara Bharucha; Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist. The two of them spoke about Wessex Heartbeat's amazing 3D modelling project, and how this project is vital to the work that they do at the Wessex Cardiac Centre. With £130,000 spoken of as the target for the project, the attending supporters were able to support to the project thanks to the evening's auction and raffle (supported by Asda Stores), and of course the Wessex Heartbeat Light up a Heart initiative. Amongst the auction prizes on the evening was a chance for 2 people to see Beverley Knight perform at one of her tour dates in 2020 and meet her after the show, aswell as a Spitfire Fighter experience, flying over the beautiful Capel-Le-Ferne. The auction was conducted by Mr Colin Phillips , Hampshire magician and member of the prestigious Magic Circle, who also treated guests to his amazing magic. Throughout the evening, guests were able to dedicate a heart to a loved one, placing their message on the beautiful trees present at the event. Wessex Heartbeat were also able to thank and remember close friend and supporter Sue Zenthon, who tragically passed away earlier this year, with their famed Cheridah Patchett award - presented posthumously to her husband John. The fantastic sum of money raised on the night is a testament to the fabulous community that support Wessex Heartbeat and the work that comes from the charity. A beautiful night of remembering ad celebrating the special people in our life at a special time of year.