Red Sky Ball

Red Sky Ball was a Roaring Success

Red Sky Ball, one of the largest charity events in the North East, broke its own record for the largest annual fundraising event

Red Sky Ball broke its own record at its largest annual fundraising evening, bringing in £200,000 to help babies, children and adults living with complex heart conditions.

The annual Red Sky Ball, held each year at Sunderland’s Beacon of Light, saw more than 1000 guests gathered on Friday (22 March) for a night of entertainment, fine dining and fundraising.

The event attracted support from a range of sponsors including Sunderland City Council, United British Caravans, Swinburne Maddison, Synther Mercedes Benz, Specsavers, Curaleaf, Everyone Active, Dere Street Homes, Holiday Best and Par Petroleum.

Both a live and silent auctions took place with more than 30 people also showing their generosity by agreeing to buy defibrillators which will go to their local communities.

Initially, the final total for the night was £183,000 – until an anonymous donor, who had themselves had to deal with heart problems – stepped in and offered to round the total to £200,000.

“We are truly humbled by the overwhelming generosity and support shown by our guests at the Red Sky Ball,” said Sergio Petrucci, Founder and CEO at Red Sky Foundation.

“The funds raised will enable us to continue our mission of making a positive difference in the lives of those in need, providing essential resources, support, and hope to individuals and families.”

Among all the fun and fundraising were some touching moments which brought home the importance of the work the Foundation does.

Captivating Performances at Red Sky Ball

This included an appearance by Beatrix Archibold, who attended the event with her parents, Terry and Cheryl.

Beatrix successfully received her heart transplant last year after spending a year on the Children’s Heart Unit, Ward 23, in the Freeman Hospital.

Guests got to see captivating performances by Hunni. They recently won The Voice UK in 2023. Also, West-End star Ben Forster, Soprano-singer Emily Haig and local dance school, Ace Performers.

“The success of the Red Sky Ball underscores the unwavering commitment of the community to come together and create positive difference,” said Sergio.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of the Red Sky Ball.

“The support is a testament to the power of collective action and the difference we can make when we work together. We can’t wait to start planning next year’s ball!”

For more information about Red Sky Foundation and its initiatives, please visit here.