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Glitzy night out
A GLITZY ball was held for people with learning disabilities.
Around 250 people attended the People First Dorset ball at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.
The academy’s hangar was dressed up with a marquee lining and decked out in purple and glitter for the occasion.
Laura Kerr, of People First Dorset, said members of the service’s Friendship Club requested a glamorous social event.
She said: “We wanted to give them a night out that they could really enjoy.
“Most of our social events are in the pub or in coffee shops and we wanted to really raise the bar on this one.
“We’ve never done anything on this kind of scale before.
“I thought if we didn’t do it now we’d never do it.
“People with learning disabilities deserve to have exactly the same kind of night out as everyone else.”
Dorset County Council chief executive Debbie Ward and Weymouth and Portland Mayor Ray Banham also attended as special guests.
Laura said musical entertainment was provided by band Elijah Wolf.
The evening featured canapés, a caricaturist, ‘crazy’ waiters and a two-hour sit down dinner.
Around 40 volunteers helped support the attendees, who ranged in age from 19 to 83.
Many of the volunteers’ tickets were bought thanks to a donation from North Dorset business Bramley’s and with finance from the Big Lottery.
Laura said: “We would like to thank all the volunteers and everyone who helped make the evening possible.
“There was a real buzz on the evening and people really went to town dressing up in their outfits.
“Everyone has asked if we can do it again.”
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