A CHILDREN’S charity will not be deterred by lock down in bringing “hundreds of people from far and wide” together for a big night out – of sorts.

Conwy’s Hope House Children’s Hospice was due to hold their 2020 Under the Sea themed Ball on Saturday, June 27 at the Lion Quays Hotel, near Oswestry, with more than 200 tickets sold for the gala evening.

However, due to lockdown event organiser Lynsey Kilvert and her team decided they’d come up with a totally different way to stage the event, which raises vital funds to care for terminally ill children who use Hope House and Ty Gobaith children’s hospices.

The result is Bringing the Big Night Out, In, a live streamed event on the same day from 8pm.

“We had such amazing plans for our Ball, with incredible decorations and entertainment and everyone had been so generous donating such fantastic raffle and auction prizes that we couldn’t face not going ahead,” Lynsey said.

“The beauty of having the event online means that everyone can come and numbers are unlimited – you can join us from anywhere in the world!

“The plan now is to live stream the event on You Tube so that everyone can get involved from their own homes, and it will be interactive because you will be able to post photographs on our Facebook event page and also bid online in the auction and buy online raffle tickets.”

The event will also include special entertainment from popular local bands as well as live video clips from children and families who have benefitted from the charity’s services. The highlight will be the online auction and raffle.

Lynsey added: “You can still get dressed up if you want to, but equally you can take part in your slippers. It is incredibly exciting to be doing something so different and we can’t wait to see what happens and how much we can raise to help care for terminally ill local children in these difficult times.”

To tune in visit the Hope House YouTube channel. The online auction and raffle will be open from next Wednesday 24 at hopehouseauction.com and will feature prizes including hampers, jewellery and holidays.