A FLAWLESS diamond worth more than £2,000 will raise cash for the mayor’s charities after being donated by a businessman.
The gift from Darren Hughes will be a prize at Champagne and Diamonds Ball hosted by the Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Lyndsay Pitchley.
Mr Hughes said he hoped the jewel would encourage more people to attend and increase cash for the mayor’s chosen good causes — Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Alzheimer’s Society and National Autism Society.
“I thought it would be nice for the mayor’s final event to have something special as a prize,” he added.
“I’ve known the mayor for a few years and she’s a real credit to the borough, it’s my way of saying thank you to her for all of her important and brilliant work during her year in office.”
Cllr Pitchley said: “I didn’t know what to say. It was beyond anything I ever expected! I’m extremely grateful for Darren’s generous donation.
“The diamond will hopefully go a long way in ensuring that as many tickets as possible are sold and we can raise a lot of money for three very worthy charities.”
The black tie event, due to be held at Magna on April 29, will include live music and a three course meal.
The diamond will be one of several prizes and the lucky recipient will have the chance to have the gem incorporated into an accessory like a pendant, watch or tie-clip.
Tickets for the ball are £25.95 each or £250 for a table of ten and available from Rotherham Town Hall or by calling 01709 822720.