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14th Jun, 2021

Red Balloon Ball in Bromsgrove to raise funds for hospital

BROMSGROVE’S Singleton’s Nurseries is holding a Red Balloon Ball to raise funds for the oncology unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH) to celebrate 70 years of trading.

The event will take place in an elegant Capris Marquee at Bellevue, next to 594 Birmingham Road, Lydiate Ash, where the nurseries are based.

It will feature a three-course meal with wine, fully licensed bar and live entertainment, including a professional magician, salsa dancing with John James Salsa and local band On The Raggedy Edge which has been officially branded as the BCH Charity Band.

It is made up of hospital staff and friends.

There will also be a DJ playing music until late and charity auction and raffle.

Guests are invited to wear something red and tickets for the ball are £65 per person or £600 for a table of ten.

The business has a strong connection with the hospital, having handled its ground maintenance for the last quarter of a century and it has also helped with a number of gardening projects.

Over the last few years, Singleton’s has raised more than £14,000 for BCH and Claire and husband John from the nurseries were part of a team of volunteers which helped organise a charity ball at the Hyatt hotel in Birmingham to raise funds for the children’s play area and the brain injury unit at the hospital.

The event raised £7,835 and for John’s 65th birthday a fundraising party organised for the hospital saw £800 collected.

Singleton’s Nurseries was started in 1947 by brothers Charles and Jack Kinder as Harborne Lane Nurseries.

It developed when the brothers bought a shop in Northfield for their sister Emma Peggy Singleto, John’s mum.

When he left school John trained at Pershore Horticultural College, before taking over the work of his uncles and renaming the garden centre Singleton’s, after his dad Lionel Singleton.

The business moved to its current location in 2001 and now sits on 11 acres of land. Expansion has included more commercial growing, landscaping and the opening of The Potting Shed Café last year.

To book tickets for the charity ball, visit or call 0121 453 1562.


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