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£10,572 was raised for a new school to be built in Malawi thanks to guests at a glittering charity ball.

Members of the local business community joined forces with staff from Renfrewshire Council to dig deep at the Malawi Charity Ball last week.

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The event was organised by a group of council employees who have volunteered to travel to Malawi this September to build a school in a remote area where there are currently no education facilities. The school, to be built in the remote William village, will benefit around 600 children. The project is being run in partnership with the charity Classrooms for Malawi.

The fabulous event, held in the stunning surroundings of Marr Hall, saw 170 guests enjoy an evening of wining, dining, dancing and entertainment all in the name of charity.

A charity auction with prizes including concert tickets, hotel stays, hospitality, sporting prizes and spa days helped raise the fantastic total which will go towards the overall fundraising drive which has been going on throughout the year to support the project.

Gemma Roy, one of the volunteers going on the trip, said: “It was a fantastic night, everyone had a brilliant time and were really generous with the charity auction. We’re all delighted with the amount raised so would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for giving us a great boost. We are also especially grateful to all of our sponsors who supported the event enabling us to raise as much as possible for the project.”

The Malawi Charity Ball was sponsored by Clyde Scaffold Ltd and Advanced Energy Ltd with many other National and Local companies donating fabulous prizes for the raffle and the auction.

Fundraising activities will continue over the summer.