The Firecracker Ball, which last year raised more than £320,000 for Barnardo’s from the 720 guests, is creating a ‘Big Top’ experience for this year’s event on Saturday 12th November.

The circus themed extravaganza, which will once again be held in a huge marquee in the grounds of Rudding Park Hotel, will be extra special as 2016 marks 150 years of Barnardo’s.    

Leeds based firm Evans Property Group retains lead sponsorship of the event with USB as co-sponsors. Source Marketing Communications, Phillip Stoner the Jeweller, Team Print Services and JCT 600 have also confirmed sponsorship after a hugely successful occasion last year.

Now in its fourteenth year supporting Barnardo’s, the prestigious event which raises considerable funds for causes across Yorkshire will be hosted by author and former presenter for both BBC and ITV, Jon Hammond, and organisers will soon be announcing a huge headline act and other surprises for the hundreds of guests at the black tie event, including high profile celebrities and ‘money can’t buy’ auction prizes

Firecracker committee members and event sponsors recently attended Barnardo’s 150th anniversary event at the special Buckingham Palace garden party where Phil Taylor, Chair of the Firecracker Ball committee and Barnardo’s Vice President was recognised for his work by the President of Barnardo’s, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.  

Phil said: “The Firecracker Ball is a fabulous opportunity to host clients or friends at a truly memorable event. It’s a must for Yorkshire’s leading corporate businesses and entrepreneurs, with companies and individuals returning year on year.”

Phil continues: “This year will be a wonderful occasion as Barnardo’s celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2016 and so the event will be extra special. “  

Kirsty Guy, relationship manager, from Barnardo’s said: “The funds raised from the Firecracker Ball are helping to make sure that Barnardo’s  across Yorkshire can continue to offer services to help children flourish, help keep families strong, and help communities to protect and nurture their young people.”

The Firecracker Ball committee is actively seeking support from individuals and businesses in the region who are interested in sponsorship packages, table bookings or donating auction or other prizes for the charity.  

Only a few tables now remain and the committee are therefore urging people to book as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss out.

As one of the standout charity events in the Yorkshire social calendar, funds raised from The Firecracker Ball help to change the lives of thousands of children and young people across the region. Since Barnardo’s became its chosen charity in 2002 the ball has raised more than £2m for Barnardo’s causes. 

For more information, including the opportunity to discuss sponsorship opportunities and auction prizes please contact Kirsty Guy 01748 821295 or or visit

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