A Teesside cable company with close links to the community has chosen Daisy Chain as its charity of the year for 2018.

Hartlepool-based JDR Cable Systems, the leading supplier of subsea power cables and umbilicals to the global energy industry, raises spectacular amounts for charity each year - totalling almost £100,000 over the last five years.

This year will be the company's sixth annual charity ball where it hopes to raise between £15,000 and £20,000 to top that £100,000 total.

Organisers Mandy Marriner, marketing and events coordinator, and Christian Wain, senior production engineer, are rightly proud of their reputation for putting on an event that can raise so much cash for charity in one evening.

Mandy explained: "The key is giving people what they want and packing the evening with lots of fun activities which raise funds. We chose Daisy Chain as our charity this year because of the vital work it does with children with autism to give them and their families support and advice as well as providing a haven where they can enjoy activities."

The ball will be held at Hardwick Hall Hotel on June 15 and this year's theme will be the JDR Colour Ball where guests will be asked to dress in the JDR colours of red, black and white.

The Sporting Bears Motor Club will be getting the evening off to a roaring start at 5pm offering "Dream Rides" in a fleet of Supercars including Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar and Lamborghini in return for a donation with every penny raised going directly to Daisy Chain.

New for 2018 will be a spectacular firework display for guests to enjoy sponsored by MJR Controls Ltd as well as celebrity radio and TV host Steve Berry of Top Gear fame throughout the 1990s - the public face of British motorcycling.

Christian said: "Steve is a fantastic host and such a great character. As well as a three-course meal, our guests will enjoy a whole range of entertainment including a live band, an auction with lots of prizes that money just can't buy, raffles and a late disco. We are looking forward to raising as much as possible for Daisy Chain."

Stuart Dexter, Daisy Chain chief executive, said: "It's wonderful that JDR Cable Systems in Hartlepool has chosen us as their charity this year. We couldn't operate without our generous corporate supporters. Also, this year we have extended our outreach services with a Links support group for parents and carers in Hartlepool. We look forward to working in partnership with JDR and hope the ball is a brilliant event."

Tickets cost £65 each or £650 for a table of ten, available by emailing Mandy on [email protected]