Come to Carnivale – the 3rd Isle of Man Business Network Ball in association with Newfield Ltd
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Come to Carnivale – the 3rd Isle of Man Business Network Ball in association with Newfield Ltd

Come to Carnivale – the 3rd Isle of Man Business Network Ball in association with Newfield Ltd

On: 1 March 2019, from 7:00 for carriages at midnight

At: Woodbourne House, Woodbourne Road, Douglas


Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man will benefit from a Carnivale-themed charity ball taking place next month in Douglas, thanks to the collaboration between two local organisations.


The third annual Isle of Man Business Network Ball in association with Newfield is being held at Woodbourne House on Friday 01 March, with all proceeds raised from the event being donated to support the work of the charity in our local community.


As well as a lavish ‘Carnivale’ theme designed to welcome in the Spring and banish those winter blues, guests will enjoy a pre-dinner drinks reception courtesy of SMP Partners, a three-course feast, charity raffle and silent auction, with entertainment from local party band, Switch. The event will be hosted by Pete Sutton of Barclays.


Manx international racing and sporting events company, Newfield, will provide headline sponsorship to the ball for the first time as part of its active local citizenship agenda and its commitment to invest back in to the local community. Established in 2011, Newfield employs more than 100 people on the Island, with colleagues having chosen Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man as their Charity of the Year for 2019.


Based at Tower House in Douglas, the charity provides support for people to obtain a diagnosis of dementia and, once confirmed, an intensive support programme for that individual, their main carers and their family through a support worker based at the Older Persons Mental Health Service. In addition, it provides:


  • CrISP (Carers Information and Support Programme), a course providing invaluable information about the disease, coping strategies and even legal help, as well as providing carers with a network of like-minded people who are experiencing the same thing as them
  • The Side by Side service, which provides patients with a volunteer to support them  
  • Singing for the Brain sessions, based in Port Erin, Ramsey and Douglas to stimulate the memory (plans are in place to re-establish this service in Peel)
  • A hospital-based Dementia Support Worker (at both Noble’s and Ramsey Cottage hospitals)
  • A community Dementia Support Worker to provide at home support


It is a stand-alone Manx charity, linked to the UK-based Alzheimer’s Society, and relies solely on voluntary funding to operate; it does not receive any financial grants from the Isle of Man Government.


Grahame Bell, Services Manager, said: “Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man only exists thanks to the generosity of Manx residents supporting the work we do across the community, where we really do make a visible difference. In many ways, we really are a lifeline for a number of individuals and their carers who would otherwise feel very isolated. We’re incredibly grateful to Newfield, SMP Partners and the Isle of Man Business Network for collaborating for our benefit, and to those attending the Ball for their generous support.”


Katie Nicholson, Chair of the Isle of Man Business Network, commented: “We’re delighted to be working with Newfield for the first time as headline sponsor for our charity ball, and to be working with Alzheimer’s Society Isle of Man for the first time in a fundraising capacity. I’d also like to thank SMP Partners for their generosity in sponsoring the pre-event drinks reception which will enable more money to be donated to charity. Sadly, most of us will know someone who has been touched by dementia in some form and will understand what a devastating illness this is. The money raised through this event will make a valuable difference to patients and their families locally.”


Mark Reynolds, Director of Newfield, commented: “Newfield is a passionate supporter of local good causes, and we know that the charity is very close to the hearts of a number of our colleagues as well as making a significant difference to the people it helps. We have a really strong culture of teamwork across our company and place a real emphasis on having fun and forging strong social networks in the workplace, so what better way to raise money for our Charity of the Year than by combining a fantastic social event with a fundraiser? This promises to be a spectacular event not to be missed, and I’m delighted that such an exceptional charity will be reaping the benefits of this.”


Mark Denton, Managing Director of SMP Partners, concluded: “As a keen supporter of the Island’s community, we are always looking for opportunities to make a difference in the place we are proud to call home. Having a strong working relationship with Newfield, this sponsorship was a perfect fit for us and we’re pleased to be supporting this exciting event which will raise all-important funds for a very worthwhile cause. From the pre-dinner reception to the lavish three-course dinner and entertainment, the ball promises to be a wonderful evening for all who attend and we look forward to donning our black ties and ball gowns.”


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