Training provider’s charity ball raised over £10,000 for good causes

Learning Curve Group (LCG), a leading training provider headquartered in County Durham, raise over £10,000 in support of the LCG Charity Foundation at their 9th annual charity ball on Friday night.

The annual charity ball, this year held at Ramside Hall, Durham and sponsored by NCFE and Scholars School System, is LCG’s flagship fundraising event.

The provider established its Charity Foundation in 2019 with a vision rooted in three core pillars: increasing skills, decreasing unemployment, and alleviating poverty. Since its inception, the foundation has raised over £80,000 to aid organisations and individuals across the region.

This year’s celebration, themed after the vibrant Rio Carnival, saw an evening of lively entertainment as over 170 guests enjoyed dancers, samba drummers, a dynamic musical duo, and a band, accompanied by a three-course meal and several fundraising activities and games.

Brenda McLeish OBE DL, CEO of LCG and Founder of the LCG Charity Foundation, said, “I am absolutely delighted to have raised such an impressive amount at our Charity Ball on Friday. This might have been my favourite ball yet with the atmosphere, entertainment, and décor really capturing the essence of an iconic Brazilian carnival. Not only did we get to celebrate the impact that our foundation has had on lives across the country in the last year, but we also managed to raise over £10,000 to support even more of these fantastic organisations and individuals!

I would like to thank our Charity Ball sponsors NCFE and Scholars School System for making the event spectacular and generously supporting our LCG Charity Foundation. Especially during the difficult cost-of-living-crisis that we face, we were blown away by their generosity and enthusiasm to get involved. They really ensured the night was a true success.”

Last year, LCG hosted A Night in Hollywood, raising an incredible £15,000 for their foundation. These funds went toward supporting the Keyfund Federation Ltd, King’s Church Darlington, If U Care Share, and the Seaham Youth Centre. Along with supporting the purchase of materials for the King’s Church men’s shed and helping relieve utility costs for Seaham Youth Centre as they continue to rise, LCG have also supported 26 young people through the KEY+ skills development programme. According to feedback, 100% of the participants reported a notable increase in their confidence levels.

Keyfund Federation shared the success story of “The Spicy Pumpkins,” a group of three young women from a deprived village in County Durham, that exemplifies the positive outcomes of the KEY+ challenge, funded by LCG. The group, driven by a desire to showcase their capabilities and contribute to their community, successfully transformed their local youth club into a haunted house. Through effective communication, online research, and budgeting, they navigated the challenges of the project. After presenting to a Key Panel of community volunteers, The Spicy Pumpkins secured approval for their Halloween event and successfully organised it, showcasing their achievements but also the development of crucial life skills and newfound confidence.

Funds raised during this year’s event will again be channelled towards initiatives aligned with the foundation’s pillars, contributing to the efforts to empower individuals and communities across the UK.