UPWARDS of £15,000 was raised from four Mad Hatter ladies’ nights at Trowbridge Civic Centre in aid of Breast Cancer Care and Dorothy House.

Nearly 1,000 people went to the Trowbridge venue on October 20-21 and Friday and Saturday night for a fashion show, party games, raffles, singing, a disco, topless male dancers and a three-course meal.

This was the fifth time events company Cow Parsley Ltd has brought the popular event to the town and co-director Dale Hattey, who dressed up as the March Hare from Alice in Wonderland, said it was the best set of shows yet.

“It was a spectacularly successful few days. Everyone had a brilliant time and we were absolutely thrilled to have raised so much for two great causes,” he said.

“All the hard work, which has taken most of the year to put together, has paid off as the feedback we received was superb. I cannot thank Breast Cancer Care and especially Dorothy House enough for providing us with the clothes for the fashion walk, all the local businesses who got involved to make it a special night and Barclays for contributing to the total as well – we are so grateful.

“We had our bosom buddy friends, all of whom had suffered from cancer, there too which made it an emotional but very uplifting night, filled with colour and fun.

“Last year we did Moulin Rouge, which went down really well, and this year it was even bigger and better. Now we will get cracking on next year’s one.”

The final amount has not been counted yet but Mr Hattey said the total could rise to up to £20,000, which will then be split between the two causes.

Charlie Osgood said: “An absolutely fantastic evening, and for a great cause, these guys have worked hard planning these events and it shows, food, fashion show, party games, raffles, singing, disco, photographer. The list goes on.”

Debbie Ann Nicholls added: “This was my first ladies night and won’t be my last. It was a amazing night full of emotion, awareness and fun. The food was delicious and there was five-star entertainment. Wayne Dale and the team should be massively proud of the night. Here’s to many more Cow Parsley events.”

Amanda Webb said: “Ladies’ night was amazing – every year it gets better.”