THE annual White Knights Ball took place in London, on Friday, January 7.
The event, which was held at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, raised money for the Order of Malta Volunteers’ work with adults and children with disabilities and illnesses. The White Knights Ball is the organisation’s chief fund-raising event. Last year it raised some £61,000.
The evening was hosted by the President of the British Association of the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and Malta, and the chairman and committee of the Order of Malta Volunteers.
The Order of Malta Volunteers was founded in 1974 and in the past 30 years has grown to 800 members. The organisation has two aims, to provide for people suffering from debilitating illnesses or social exclusion and to offer young people the opportunity of working with those with disabilities or social behavioural problems.
The volunteers hold two holiday camps for under privileged children and people with learning difficulties at the beginning of each summer.
The camps are held at Worth School in Sussex and Mill on the Brue activity centre in Somerset.
The volunteers also send a delegation to the Order of Malta’s international holiday camps, which are held around the world.
Entertainment at the Ball was provided by Slaughter House Seven, William Bartholomew’s Discotheque and 29 Fingers.