Great Gatsby charity ball in Leeds raises £65,000 for disabled children

A Great Gatsby themed fundraising ball at the Queens Hotel in Leeds raised more than £65,000 to support disabled children across Yorkshire.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 5:00 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 2:36 pm

More than 280 guests were at the ball to celebrate charity PhysCap's 47th anniversary.

PhysCap is a volunteer-led charity set up in 1973 to support physically and mentally disabled children across Yorkshire.

The ball, sponsored by the Property Buying Company, included a live auction from G4 star and front man Jonathan Ansell along with performances from a live band and London Gatsby performers.

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And there was a silent auction and a raffle with prizes generously donated by individuals and local businesses,

Guests included friends and family of PhysCap, local businesses and many of the volunteers who have supported the charity from when it was launched 47-years ago.

PhysCap has raised more than £1.7m over the years to help local children and their families living with a disability.

It has also welcomed a number of celebrity patrons, including Sir Michael Parkinson CBE, premier league referee Howard Webb MBE and Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs.

In 2019 alone, PhysCap raised more than £90,000 which funded 78 families across the Yorkshire region and a further 200 children in supported schools.

A calendar of events has already been confirmed for 2020, including the annual Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, which has already raised £100,000 through dedicated fundraisers over the years,.

Also planned is PhysCap’s annual five-a-side football tournament, which has raised over £200,000 since its introduction in 1998.

The charity, which is led by Chairman Daniel Gray and a team of dedicated volunteers, donates 100 per cent of all proceeds raised through funding initiatives directly to children in need of their support.

Mr Gray said: “On behalf of the PhysCap committee, I am thrilled and overwhelmed at the unprecedented generosity from all of our sponsors and supporters at the Great Gatsby Ball 2020.

"The amazing work from Jodie Harris, Natasha Rosenberg, Lauren Saffer and the sub-committee ensured that this event was a magnificent success. We are already talking about how we can go one better next time round.”

“So many of our wonderful guests have spoken so highly of the work that we undertake as 100 per cent volunteers and in return they are wanting us to contact them about future events and potentially supporting PhysCap as their charity of choice for their businesses.

"If anybody would like to do the same of find out more about PhysCap please contact [email protected]

To help support PhysCap through volunteering, donating, fundraising or sponsoring an event, please visit