GUESTS dressed in black and white produced the all-important green stuff at the weekend as they generously helped raise more than £7,000 for the special care baby unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon.

The Black and White Ball at the Marriott Hotel on Saturday (April 2) attracted 200 people who donated more than £2,000 in the grand raffle and added a further £1,900 through a charity auction.

Added to other donations and tickets sales, the event raised a total £7,106, which will be added to The Hunts Post’s New Life Appeal money and used to help SCBU unit in its modernisation and refurbishment plans.

“The event was such a success and completely exceeded my expectations,” said Teresa Hicks who organised the event.

Teresa’s 10-month-old twins - Noah and Lilly - were cared for by staff in the unit after they were born at 32 weeks following an emergency caesarean section.

The 29-year-old, who lives with the twins and husband, Dan, at Orchard Close, Warboys, said she organised the ball to thank all of the SCBU nurses and doctors who helped make Noah and Lilly the “happy, healthy babies they are today”.

As well as organising the venue, the band (Charlie and the Funk Factory), tickets, sponsorship and juggling the twins, Teresa persuaded dozens of Cambridgeshire companies to donate prizes for a grand raffle and the auction.

She told The Hunts Post: “I cannot thank enough the people that helped to make it happen and those that attended on the night. The generosity of over 50 businesses and 200 guests meant we raised in excess of £7,000 for the special care baby unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.”

She added: “I would like to say an extra special thank you to the Huntingdon Marriott, The Hunts Post, Charlie and the Funk Factory, IPD Video Vision and Wayne Dubose who was the event compare. Their contribution enabled us to keep the costs for the event minimal and go on to raise as much money as possible for such a valuable cause.”

INFORMATION: Anyone who was unable to attend the event but would like to know more about the special care baby unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital can watch a short film on The Hunts Post website, www.huntspost24.cvo.uk. You can also still make a donation by visiting www.justgiving.com/scbuball