Dig out your dresses for charity wedding ball

26th September 2018

Brides are being invited to dig out their dresses and recreate the magic of their special days for a charity wedding ball.

Gatehouse Brides, a bridal boutique in Worcester, is holding its first Wedding Ball at 7.30pm on Friday, 26th October at the Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham.

The evening gives guests the chance to wear their wedding dresses, bridesmaids’ outfits, suits and evening gowns once again – while raising money for St Richard’s Hospice.

Julie Sandys, Owner of Gatehouse Brides, said: “We came up with the idea of holding a wedding ball to give people a chance to wear their beautiful wedding dresses, suits and outfits again.

“Anyone is welcome to join us for a fun night, while raising money for a fantastic charity – St Richard’s Hospice.

“There are very few people who haven’t been touched by cancer and the work the hospice does to support both patients and families is invaluable and is very close to my heart.”

The ball also marks the boutique’s 30th anniversary year – with an array of charity events planned during 2018 to celebrate the milestone.

On the night, there will be a live band, grand raffle, event photographer and first dances. The evening is open to everyone – not just brides and their wedding parties – and guests are welcome to dress in any occasion wear.

Steve Sweeny, General Manager at The Wood Norton, said: “We see so many beautiful brides at The Wood Norton and it’s always such a pleasure to share their special day with them.

“We are extremely honoured to be the chosen venue to host this wonderful event and to help raise much-needed funds for St Richard’s Hospice.

“We know that any Wood Norton Brides attending The Gatehouse Brides Wedding Ball will be very much looking forward to wearing their wedding dress again and re-living their wedding day!”

Ria Simons, Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, added: “We think this is going to be a great event. It’s such a quirky, fun idea and it will be a fabulous way for people to celebrate their special days all over again!

“It’s fantastic to have the Gatehouse Brides team supporting our hospice care with this exciting event – we hope you can come along on the evening.”

The money raised by the ball will help support the free care provided by St Richard’s to patients with life-limiting illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across Worcestershire.

To book tickets contact Julie Sandys on 01905 28287 or email

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

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Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.