Sunshine Ball raises almost £24,000 for Whiteleys Retreat


Guests arrive at The Gailes Hotel Lagavulin Suite ahead of the 2019 SimpsInns Sunshine Ball (Photos: Thomas Salam) 

SimpsInns Sunshine Ball at The Gailes Hotel in aid of Whiteleys Retreat 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

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On a sensational night of fundraising, the inaugural SimpsInns Sunshine Ball at The Gailes Hotel raised a staggering figure of £23,829 with all proceeds in support of Whiteleys Retreat in Ayr.

A huge team effort brought the Sunshine Ball together, not least the support and assistance from Karen and Malcolm Simpson and their team at SimpsInns and The Gailes Hotel. The teams from Santander and Barclays played a crucial role in making it all happen too.

In an evening of glitz and glamour, guests arrived in style and had their pictures taken on the red carpet before being welcomed into the Lagavulin Suite for a drinks reception and accompanied by saxophonist Conrad Wiszniewski.

“I can’t tell how delighted we are to have raised such a great amount for this great cause,” said Karen Simpson, owner of SimpsInns. “We have enjoyed a great relationship with Whiteleys Retreat and the team here at SimpsInns have undertaken a number of charity initiatives through the year.

“To have raised almost £24,000 is simply amazing. We must give huge thanks to everyone in the room who gave so generously and to everyone who helped us by providing such great prizes and auction items.”

Entertainment was provided by Feeva and Devotion DJ David Mitchell was MC for the night who worked the packed room excellently. One of the standout items was the weekend trip to Barcelona, courtesy of Italian Aroma Coffee, which raised £1,900.  

There were so many other great items to bid for such as fourball golf at some of Ayrshire’s best courses, including Open venue Royal Troon plus a diamond necklace, donated by Ian D Sim and Fasprint, to name just a couple of sensational items that helped raise such a great total.

“What an amazing evening at the Simpsinns Sunshine Ball. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Simpson family and all of the wonderful Simpsinns staff for setting up such a superb fundraising event to raise funds for Whiteleys Retreat,” said Maxine Allan, Chief Executive Officer Whiteleys Retreat.

“The team has been a massive support to the charity, and we are very honoured to have them on board.”

Whiteleys Retreat provides therapeutic short breaks for children, young people and their families with cancer and life altering illnesses. They offer amazing spaces for the whole family to enjoy and explore, both on the doorstep and in the surrounding area of the 30-acres of beautiful Ayrshire countryside.

Earlier in the year some of the SimpsInns team raised funds for Whiteleys Retreat through additional events such as a Night at the Races at Si! Bar:Restaurant in Irvine, plus took part in national fundraisers like the Glasgow KiltWalk and Pedal for Scotland.

Discussions are already underway for next year’s event with plans to host the second SimpsInns Sunshine Ball in early September 2020. Further details will be announced in due course.


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Guests arrive at The Gailes Hotel Lagavulin Suite ahead of the 2019 SimpsInns Sunshine Ball (Photos: Thomas Salam)   

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