A charity which helps thousands of disabled and needy children has appealed for businesses to come forward to help at their summer ball.
Little Miracles was set up five years ago to support a handful of children and their families across Peterborough. Now the charity has nine branches in the east of England, supporting 5,000 children and their families.
A fundraising summer ball will be held on September 5 at the Haycock Hotel in Wansford, and the charity is looking for businesses to donate prizes, and buy tickets to the spectacular 1920s themed event.
Co-founder Michelle King said: “The summer ball is always our biggest fundraising event of the year.
“The money raised used will go to helping support the children - play sessions for under fives, after school clubs for older children, counselling access for families, benefits advice sessions, things like that.
“It is amazing how much the charity has grown in the last few years.
“When we were setting up in a coffee morning, we did not think there were so many families out there who felt as lost and isolated as we did.
“Families should get the support when they need it.”
The charity was at the heart of the BBC DIY SOS programme two years ago for the Children in Need appeal, which saw a new community base built in Hartwell Way, Westwood - but now the charity is looking to expand even further to help even more children and families..
Michelle said: “We recently opened our second branch in Ely, which is our ninth overall.
“We have been approached by 53 different areas to run branches, but at the moment we just do not have the infrastructure to run those other branches.
“We have 183 volunteers at the moment, and support 5,000 children, but we have an aim to raise £1 million and be supporting 50,000 children by 2019.
“If we want to help that many people, we will need to make sure we have the infrastructure in place - it would be worse if we opened a group and had to close it than if it was never opened at all.
“What we do is not massively exciting or ground breaking - a lot of it is simple things like arts and crafts activities, but it is giving the children a chance to play and relax.”