Independent jeweller Drakes raised £15,600 for a local hospice at its third diamond gala ball.

Taking place on Saturday October 7 at the Crowne Plaza in Plymouth, Drakes Jewellers pulled out all the stops to raise money and awarness for St Luke’s Hospice.

330 guests were in attendance and enjoyed a dinner and dance hosted by David Fitzgerald.


The theme of the evening was kept under wraps until the doors opened to reveal a gold-themed ballroom, adorned with hanging globe candles, orchids and candelabras.

Upon entering guests were welcomed by the Ambassador Band from London, who had everyone on the dancefloor before the introductions even began.

Guests also enjoyed canapés and a two course meal, and they were invited to take part in the Stand for a Grand Competition, where lucky winner Carole Roberts won £1,000 in cash to take home.

In addition, guests were invited to take part in a charity raffle and a live and silent auction where prizes were on offer. Drakes were very grateful to the many local businesses who generously donated some fantastic prizes for the prestigious charity ball. Prizes included a Vispring Bed worth up to £5,000, an evening with local Chef Ben Palmer who would cook in your own home for eight people and a BMW i8 for the weekend, which Ocean BMW kindly agreed to donate three times over when three guests were relentlessly trying to outbid each other.

Drakes were also delighted to be offered two spontaneous prizes on the night to auction as Company of Master Jewellers chairman, Michael Aldridge, donated two sets of Man United Executive tickets to a game of their choice to the highest bidders’.

Monique Hirshman, Drakes Director and organiser of the Drakes Diamond Gala comments: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have raised such a fantastic amount for St. Luke’s Hospice and it’s amazing that an event enjoyed by so few can benefit so many.
“This is a cause very close to all of our hearts and we hope this money will go a long way in supporting the incredible work they carry out within our local community. Everyone had such a wonderful evening and I am completely overwhelmed by the lovely comments from our guests. Thank you to everyone who came along and helped make it a night to remember.”

This is the third Gala Ball that Drakes have hosted in support of St. Luke’s Hospice, and together with a past jewellery recycling scheme have raised in excess of £61,000. St Luke’s provide specialist advice and support to people with progressive life-limiting illnesses in Plymouth, South West Devon and East Cornwall.