The Firecracker Ball

In 2019, the event raised

£310,000

to help Barnardo’s reach out to vulnerable children.

3 November 2015

Leeds Royal Sculptress to commission bronze bust for charity

Leeds Royal Sculptress to commission bronze bust for charity
Renowned Leeds born sculptor to HM The Queen, Frances Segelman, is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for Barnardo’s.

Frances is offering an auction prize at The Firecracker Ball for one guest to join her elite subjects including; Julian Fellowes, Dame Antoinette Sibley, Lord David Owen, William Hague and Sir Steven Redgrave, in having their own unique Bronze Bust sculpted by her.

Frances Segelman said: “I’m delighted to support such a worthy cause and hope this auction prize helps to raise as much funds as possible for Barnardo’s, whilst raising awareness of the charity.”

Now in its thirteenth year the prestigious Firecracker Ball - one of the annual highlights in the Yorkshire social calendar - which raises considerable funds for Barnardo’s causes across Yorkshire, will take place on Saturday November 14, at the Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate.

With a ‘once upon a time’ themed backdrop playing host to the celebrations, guests will be treated to headline act Texas and other surprises at the black tie event, including high profile celebrity performances and auction prizes.

Kirsty Guy, relationship manager, from Barnardo’s said: “This really is a money can’t buy auction prize and rare opportunity. With Frances’s sculptures being commissioned for a minimum of £20, 000, we are hoping this fantastic gesture will raise a considerable amount of money on the night.”

“The funds raised from the event will help to make sure Barnardo’s centres across Yorkshire can continue to offer services that are in strong demand by the local community, including a holiday club for children with complex health needs such as physical disabilities, life limiting conditions and learning disabilities.

The winning bidder will have two meetings with London based Frances in her Riverside Gallery by Tower Bridge and following the completion of the clay sculpture it will be cast in bronze to create a completely original, unique bronze bust which is sure to become a family heirloom, with the character of the sitter shining through.

Tickets to the Firecracker Ball have sold out but organisers are still accepting items and experiences to auction at the event, whether it is a designer handbag, dinner in a top restaurant, tickets to a concert or a weekend city break.
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