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PRESS RELEASE: Dorset Mind’s first ever Charity Ball at AFC Bournemouth

Dorset Mind to host it’s first ever charity Black Tie Ball to generate support and raise funds for local mental health services.

  • One in four people experience a mental health problem every year. The inaugural ball is a key milestone in the charity’s history, to shine a spotlight on the issues affecting the Dorset population, as part of the lead up to World Mental Health Day.
  • With a focus on improving local mental health services to meet the rising demands of the community, Dorset Mind will host its first ever charity run ball to raise vital funds for mental health services across the county. Services include support groups, counselling for emergency service staff and mental health provision in schools and the workplace.
  • 75% of young people with a mental health problem are not receiving treatment, despite mental health problems being so prominent in young people, most are not receiving treatment.
  • The independent charity is calling on local businesses to support the event and help the organisation to better support it’s community with the mental health support that they need.

5th October 2019, Bournemouth.

With the support of local businesses such as Bournemouth 7s, Dorset Mind will be putting on a ‘Black Tie and Sparkle Ball’, with help from AFC Bournemouth who will host the event at the Vitality Stadium.

The sparkle themed evening will offer its guests a chance to get dressed up and have themselves adorned by a glitter artist, before having their photos taken in a ‘magic mirror’ photo booth. They will then be able to play with fun money in the casino and enjoy entertainment from ‘Relight My Choir’ and ‘James Brown Magic’.

“This ball is an important event for Dorset Mind, marking our very first charity black tie event and celebrating a profound leap in terms of what the charity is now able achieve, with the help of its supporters. Our services are at the very heart of our communities, shaping

futures, and in some cases literally saving lives. Events like this enable us to fund our vital services, whilst reaching wider audiences and ensuring we become known as a ‘go-to’ resource for people to call upon”

Marianne Storey, CEO of Dorset Mind


“This exciting event shows how far Dorset Mind has come in recent years. Driven by a passion to support mental health right across Dorset, the staff and volunteers have really put the charity on the map. The ball is way to celebrate and reflect on what has been done in such a short time, while remembering that there is much more to do. I am proud to be part of that”.

Dr Andrew Mayers, Dorset Mind Patron and psychologist at Bournemouth University

The Event:

Tickets for the ball can be purchased from:



Dorset Mind is seeking support from organisations and individuals who would be willing to support the event. For sponsorship enquiries, please email Hannah at:


Media Enquiries:

Phyllida Swift, PR & Campaigns Officer


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