THE spies have arrived! At least that’s how it looked when 11 shining Aston Martins lined up on the driveway to Bagden Hall at Scissett as part of a charity fundraiser.
David Elliott, managing director of Shepley-based camper van conversion specialist Wellhouse Leisure organised the Diamonds are Forever Charity Ball to raised almost £12,000 for children’s charity Dreams Come True.
The evening, which had a James Bond theme, attracted more than 160 guests and included entertainment by Ian Donaghy and his party band Huge as well as guest speaker businessman Jonathan Hick.
There was also a charity auction for lots including a tour of the Aston Martin factory in Gaydon, Warwickshire, boxing training sessions, a trip to the Bentley works at Crewe and a two-week stay in New Zealand.
David has also been raising thousands of pounds for the charity – which providing special treats for terminally ill and seriously ill children – by undertaking a gruelling 12 marathons in just six months.
He was bitten by the running bug when he took part in the 2007 London Marathon and raised £4,000 in aid of Wellchild. He ran again in 2008 to net £2,500 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and in 2010 when a pledge to match sponsorship ended up costing him £3,000 of his own money!
Speaking about the charity ball, David said: “The whole night was one to remember.
“I can assure everyone that the £12,000 raised and the £7,000 I have already collected and pledged – when I have finished the 12 marathons – will make a massive difference to the lives of some seriously ill children. Thank you to everyone who donated lots, donated money and bought at the auction.”
Donations can still be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Astonchap