A themed ball held at the Hythe Imperial Hotel has helped to raise £20,818 for the work of mental health charity MIND in Kent.

The Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatters Ball, which was organised by Michelle Healey, joint-owner of the Hythe Imperial Hotel, saw more than 140 guests enjoy a dinner, dance and charity auction.Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's Ball-1

The ball followed Michelle’s recent successful climb of Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa in aid of the charity.

Michelle Healey said: “I’m overwhelmed with what has been achieved and what it means for the work of MIND.

“My brother and father both struggled with mental illness during their lives and I wanted to do my bit to support this important charity. For many sufferers it continues to be a silent illness and often shows no visible wounds, but it still devastates lives and loved ones.”

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