Over 180 guests joined CLIC Sargent at Crumlin Road Gaol, one of Belfast's most beautiful and historical buildings, in celebration of the people of Northern Ireland supporting our Home from Home Appeal.
The ball was an opportunity for us to highlight CLIC Sargent's work and to thank our supporters and volunteers for helping us raise £3.7million for two new Homes from Home in Belfast, Paul's House and Amy's House.
After a sparkling reception, Claire McCollom, compere for the night, took the Gaol on a musical insight through the counties with the help of Malachi Cush, Donna Taggart and Plunkett McGartland, highlighting the distance and the journey times into Belfast for families to travel for treatment.
Then CLIC Sargent Social Worker Simon Darby introduced the guests to teenager Rebecca Haughey and a video presentation of her cancer journey.
Items guests bid for at the auction included a signed Northern Ireland jersey, an Ulster Rugby top and a glittering Daniel O'Donnell shirt. A service users' mother from Derry~Londonderry was the lucky winner of a £2,000 diamond platinum pendant, kindly donated by D and K The Jewellers.
After a short break 3rd Time Lucky, a four piece band from the Ards Peniusla, raised the tempo and got the Gaol rocking to some fine tunes until the early hours of Sunday morning.
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Fiona McCann said: "It was a very emotional night for a lot of people in the Gaol. The people of Northern Ireland worked very hard during the appeal and it was a great way to say thank you.
"A big thank you must go to all our sponsors, the CLIC Sargent's North Down and Ards Voluntary Fundraising Group, and the four volunteer photographers for their time, generosity and helping to make the ball such a special night."
It is hoped the event will raise £25,000 to support children and young people with cancer, and their families. This could pay for 10 families to stay in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home for a week.
Photos courtesy of Aidan McMichael. To see more photographs from the event, visit the CLIC Sargent Northern Ireland Facebook page.