December 21 2009.

The non-stop entertainment included Rolf Harris and the Band of the Irish Guards and all were well received and enjoyed by a large audience of BEN supporters. Other highlights of the evening included the sumptuous four course meal and an amazing array of prizes in the tombola, table raffles and reverse bingo. BEN supporters donated some incredible lots to be bid for in the silent and main auctions, including a special edition Kevin Schwantz Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorbike, a Fiat 500bydiesel and a Jaguar XJ.

BEN's Director of Fundraising and Communications, Charles Davis, said; "We are still working on the final figure but early indications are that this special 75th Anniversary Ball has raised more than last year. Many people have described this as the most enjoyable BEN Ball to date and the best way to start the festive season in style. Against the backdrop of the past tumultuous year, this is an incredible achievement and on behalf of the 15,000 men, women and children BEN supports each year I would like to thank our supporters, staff and volunteers for making this vital fundraising evening such a sparkling success."

BEN will announce the final total made at this year's ball shortly.