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Summer ball raises thousands for resident’s life-saving oper

More than 12,000 euros was raised at the charity ‘Summer Ball 4 Rod’ at A Colina Hotel in Almancil on September 5. The event has been described by organisers as a huge success, taking the overall fundraising effort to 40,000 euros.

Funds raised will go towards paying for a life-saving kidney transplant for British resident Rod Smyth.

A team of chefs, who worked for free and covered their own staff costs, created a dinner that had everyone talking, said organisers who would like to thank them for providing everyone with a memorable evening.

“The hog roast from Liza and Rick Walker at The Fat Pig Hog Roast tempted everyone from noon onwards as its smell wafted through the air,” said Kate Rouse, one of the organisers. “The curry from Riz Bakht and her team from O Pelicano Bistro and Indian Take Away in Almancil had maps being drawn so everyone would know where to find them.”

Lee Newsome and his team from A Colina not only donated the venue but also prepared salads, poached salmon and baked gammon. Lee then joined Jonnie Pratt from Bistro des Z’Artes on the BBQ as they cooked asparagus wrapped in rib eye and sea bream.

Nearly 200 guests danced to local band Luxarma Zen and bidded in auctions. The top raffle prize of an eight night gourmet extravaganza at Vivenda Miranda, Vila Joya, Vila Sol and the Sheraton was won by Becky Woltman, and Neil Bamber successfully bid for the Jessica Dunn painting taking the proceeds of the auctions for the night to over 6,500 euros.

“So many local companies helped and contributed to the evening that we simply do not have room to thank everyone, but we must thank Vila Sol – A Renaissance Spa & Golf Resort who very kindly donated banqueting furniture and extra place settings to enable the event to cater for more than 100 people on the lovely terrace at A Colina,” said Kate Rouse.

For more information about this appeal, please visit the website at