YOUTH organisation Mahdlo has raised a phenomenal £31,000 for charity at its annual Mad Hatter's Winter Ball

Almost 200 people from the Oldham business community and beyond gathered to celebrate Mahdlo and the achievements of its members whilst digging deep and helping to raise vital funds.

Staff from the Youth Zone put on a show to remember as Mahdlo was transformed for one night into Wonderland, showcasing an epic story highlighting the many ways in which Mahdlo supports young people in our area.

Alongside a suitably quirky three course meal its audience were also treated to three exceptional performances from Mahdlo members.

First up was Milly Bowden, 16, who had the audience singing along in no time with her own spin on how to write a Christmas song.

Boris Amin, AKA 3Bless, 16, has been a member of Mahdlo since opening day almost eight years ago. He gave an impassioned speech about the impact Mahdlo has had on him as a person and as a rap artist.

The night was then wrapped up in unbelievable style as Maddison Peacock, 15, a member of Mahdlo’s Districts offer, took to the stage with a thunderous performance of Adele’s Skyfall that had our lucky audience members in raptures come the final notes.

With no auction and no raffle, the evening was designed very differently from the usual fundraiser ball. Instead, attendees were encouraged to buy numbered bricks from a wall, to help bring down the barriers our young people face, with the chance to win a prize. The bricks ranged from £20 - £500 with prizes including meals out, hotel stays, and a mop and bucket.

The wall alone raised £18,000 on the night, thanks to Barclays charitably agreeing to match fund what was raised up to £6,000.

Claire Crossfield, fundraising manager at Mahdlo, said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who supported our Mahdlo Winter Ball, the generosity shown by everyone who attended was truly inspirational.”

“From the staff and volunteers who helped run the event and perform the roles of Wonderland characters, to our exceptional young people who took to the stage on the night, everyone put their all into making this Winter Ball our best ever.”

Organisers have thanked everyone at Mahdlo to the sponsors of the Mahdlo Winter Ball 2019, The Stoller Charitable Trust, Ultimate Products, Safeguard, and Team Spirit.