Local Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Dealer Group, Rygor, put on a dazzling charity ball at the Guildhall in Bath this October in aid of its employee nominated Charities of the Year: James Hopkins Trust, Bath Cats and Dogs Home and Dorothy House Hospice Care.

The event was attended by local businesses, suppliers, customers and friends of the Rygor business. Guests wowed in their stunning masks, contributing to the fantastic atmosphere on the night.

The evening consisted of a wonderful three course meal, followed by a charity auction, hosted by Bath Rugby legend David Flatman, who oversaw the sale of prizes donated by companies including: Mulberry, Bath Rugby, The Ivy Bath Brasserie, The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath Racecourse, Taste of Bath, The MacDonald Hotel Bath Spa, Castle Combe Circuit, Bath Theatre Royal, Clifton Photographic Company, Bowood Hotel, The Pig Hotel, Roman Baths, Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery, Devon Day Sails, Dormy House Hotel, Centre Parcs, Choc on Choc, Donnington Grove Golf Club, Sutton Winson Insurers, Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Hatherley Manor Hotel, Majestic Wines and a week at a ski chalet, kindly donated by friends of the company, Mr and Mrs Alexander.

Rygor’s Charities of the Year initiative was set up to enable Rygor team members to nominate and vote to support charities which benefit some of the local communities which Rygor calls home. James Hopkins Trust is located just a stone’s throw from the site of Rygor’s flagship branch in Gloucester, Dorothy House Hospice Care and Bath Cats and Dogs Home, both BANES, Wiltshire and Somerset-based, are local to the company’s headquarters in Westbury.

The Rygor team has been aiming to raise at least £6,000 for its three Charities of the Year for 2016-17. Throughout the past 18 months the team has held a variety of charity fundraising events, including football tournaments, quiz nights, raffles and some daring team members even took part in the National Three Peaks Challenge.

Tim Stacey, Rygor managing director, said: “We are delighted that our first ever charity masked ball was such an enjoyable evening and raised more than £10,000 for these three incredible causes. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our guests who gave so generously to help us achieve this fantastic fundraising figure, and to all the local businesses and organisations who donated wonderful prizes to our auction.”

Henrietta Beard, corporate and major donor fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care, said: “It was such a pleasure to attend the excellent Rygor Charity Masked Ball on Saturday 21st October and represent Dorothy House. The variety and creativity of the masks worn by the guests in the elegant surroundings of the Guildhall in Bath made for a perfect atmosphere. We were delighted to be chosen as one of the local charities nominated to receive proceeds from the evening – the excellent auction hosted by the inimitable David Flatman was hugely successful as a result of some irresistible prizes and of course, Flats’ gentle encouragement. One in three people will be affected by hospice care at some stage and the support of Rygor and their guests at this memorable event will help to make a difference to peoples’ lives when it matters most.”

Monica Stephens, trust manager at James Hopkins Trust, said: “Congratulations to Rygor on their fantastic achievement in raising £10,000 for charity! James Hopkins Trust are delighted to be one of the charities Rygor have selected to benefit from their fundraising. We are incredibly thankful to Rygor for their generous donation to the Trust, which will pay for specialist nursing respite care for life limited and threatened children in Gloucestershire. James Hopkins Trust currently supports 97 children across Gloucestershire with free nursing respite care either at our specialist centre, Kites Corner in Barnwood or within the family home at a cost of £1,300 per day.”

Rachel Jones, head of fundraising at Bath Cats and Dogs Home, said: “The Rygor masked ball was a huge success, and we are so thankful that Bath Cats and Dogs Home was one of the charities so generously supported by the Rygor team and all their wonderful guests on the night. Rygor’s commitment to raising money for their three chosen charities is phenomenal and the ball was such a fantastic way to celebrate this hard work and raise even more much needed funds for the animals in our care, we can’t thank those at Rygor enough!”