York fundraiser ‘hugely disappointed’ after cancelling charity ball for the second time

Back in 2021 – the Hopes and Dreams ball. Photograph: Paul Harness
25 Sep 2020 @ 2.45 pm
| Charity

The Hopes and Dreams Charity Ball in aid of Macmillan has been cancelled for a second time – to the huge disappointment of its organiser.

Matt Ascough had originally scheduled the popular event for June. After lockdown, he changed the date to November, but has cancelled it after the new restrictions announced earlier this month.

Matt said: “With huge disappointment and sadness I have no choice but to write off 2020 – and to celebrate our fifth birthday Hopes & Dreams Ball on Saturday 25 September 2021 at York Racecourse.

“I believe this is the correct, fair and responsible decision to make for everyone involved.”

Matt said he had worked hard to find a date that works for all the sponsors, suppliers and supporters. “I am hugely grateful to everyone for continuing to support the event and charity which I aim to make 2021 bigger and better!”

The event has sold out for the last three years, attracting over 500 people to the racecourse from all areas of the UK. This year Matt won the Macmillan Cancer Douglas Award for his support, which includes raising more than £50,000 for the charity.

The 2021 Hopes & Dreams Ball will feature X Factor finalist Sam Callahan, The Superlicks Party Band and the Central Hall Music Society.

The event needs your support. If you can be a sponsor or want to attend contact Matt on [email protected] or visit the Facebook page.