MORE than 200 guests attended the Mayor of Wigan’s Charity Ball on Friday evening for a night of celebrations and fundraising.
The Charity Ball, a tradition that has spanned more than 20 years, was held at Haigh Hall, with a red, blue and white theme to support the borough’s sports teams.
This summer, Wigan became the only town to hold both the FA Cup and the Rugby Challenge Trophy at the same time, an achievement which will go down in history.
Added to this the borough also won the Northern Rail Cup (Leigh), and the Super League Grand Final Trophy.
The Mayor of Wigan Billy Rotherham held a raffle and auction during the evening to raise money for his chosen charity ‘Heartbeat 2 appeal’.
The aim of the charity is to raise money to improve facilities at Dr Naqvi’s Coronary Care Unit at Wigan Infirmary, where the Mayor has had treatment himself.
Coun Rotherham said: “About seven years ago I was diagnosed as having angina and was referred to Dr Naqvi’s unit.
“It was confirmed that I had several blocked arteries and underwent a procedure to insert a stent inside my artery, a procedure that I had repeated early last year.
“The unit performs lifesaving procedures and the money raised for the charity will go to improving the recovery facilities for future patients”.
In the month leading up to Wigan Athletic’s FA Cup win, Wigan Council launched the ‘Believe’ campaign to raise the aspirations of people in the Wigan Borough.
The aim was to instil pride into the town’s residents and to support their local sports clubs, while ‘Believing’ that Wigan Athletic could win, which they did.
Dave Whelan, owner and chairman of Wigan Athletic said: “When I took over the club Wigan were fourth from the bottom of the fourth division, our ambition was to get to the Premier League.
“Having achieved that, we got to the final of the FA Cup, and when Ben Watson scored, the whole country just leapt to its feet. We had achieved our dreams. Our goal now is to get back into the Premier League this season or next”.
The evening was a huge success and raised over £1,700 for the Mayors Charity.
The Mayor said: “The Mayoress and I have had a wonderful evening and are very grateful to all those who attended. We are so proud to be the Mayor and Mayoress in such a special year and to represent Wigan wherever we go.”