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Charity dinner raises over £1,600 for fantastic causes

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

A charity event held at the Artezzan Restaurant and Bar in Chester raised over £1,600, which will be split between two fantastic causes.

The ‘Stepping into the Light Charity Dinner and Exhibition’ was co-hosted by Zoe Angelise and Teana Lynne on Sunday, October 23, 2022.

Zoe is a photographer and visual artist (Zoe Angelise Photography), and Teana is the author of a best-selling book (Seen Too).

The event raised £1,640 in total, which will be split between the Wrexham-based mental health and wellbeing charity Advance Brighter Futures, and Own My Life Courses, which supports women subjected to abuse or violence by their partner to regain ownership of their lives.

There was a brilliant atmosphere all night, with guests being offered prosecco on arrival, before sitting down for a two-course meal. There was also some wonderful musical entertainment, as well as a raffle and auction where Zoe exhibited her photography for guests to bid on the artwork to raise valuable funds for the two causes.

Zoe said: “The theme of the evening was ‘Stepping into the Light’ to highlight that there are charities such as Advance Brighter Futures that can help bring the light back into people’s lives, giving hope, help and support through life challenges. I wish Advance Brighter Futures all the best for their ongoing projects and hope the funds we raised from the evening can help them bring the light back into many people’s lives and that they can have a brighter future.”

Teana then spoke about Seen Too in which she and 14 other women shared their inspirational life stories. The book reached the Amazon best-seller list and all proceeds raised from the book are being donated to Advance Brighter Futures.

Teana said: “With my personal story of surviving domestic abuse, as well as being someone who has proved that it is never too late and you are never too old to start again, and alongside my experience of living with someone who has suffered with poor mental health, the opportunity to support such worthy charities was something that I was keen to do. In addition, the event gave me the opportunity to raise the profile of Seen, an inspirational book of 15 heart-centred women sharing their stories of how they have stepped in their power, purpose and passion whilst supporting ABF with all the sales proceeds.”

Zoe Whitehead, ABF’s Business Development Officer, also gave a speech talking about the work the charity does to support local people in the community with their mental health and wellbeing. Speaking afterwards, she said: “It was a truly brilliant evening all round. The venue was stunning and food delicious, but what really made the evening was meeting everyone and there was a buzzing atmosphere all evening.

“The auction and raffle were great fun, and a fantastic amount was raised. As a small, local charity, any donation no matter how big or small means the world to us. We were blown away by the generosity of those who attended the event and the money raised will go a long way to helping the local community with their mental health.”

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