JDR Charity Ball JDR Cable Systems (JDR), the leading supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables owned by TFKable Group, chose Daisy Chain as its charity of the year for 2018 and raised over £10,000 to support families affected by autism.

Based in Hartlepool, JDR raises spectacular amounts for charity each year, this year taking the total raised to date to over £100,000.

JDR’s charity ball organisers Mandy Marriner, marketing and events coordinator, and Christian Wain, senior production engineer, were delighted with the support they received at their sixth annual summer ball held at the Hardwick Hall Hotel. The proceeds will benefit the autism support charity by helping to expand its support services in Hartlepool.

Mandy explained: “The key to our success is to provide our special guests with a fun, action-packed evening. We nominated Daisy Chain as our chosen charity this year because of the vital work it does with children with autism. It gives them and their families support and advice as well as providing a haven where they can enjoy activities. For JDR to contribute to an additional centre here in our home town of Hartlepool is hugely rewarding.”

The Sporting Bears Motor Club set the evening off to a roaring start 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 was a spectacular firework display sponsored by MJR Controls Ltd, as well as a celebrity appearance by radio and TV host Steve Berry of Top Gear – famous throughout the 1990s and known as the public face of British motorcycling.

Christian said: “It was a brilliant evening with 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. It’s great that we managed to raise so much for Daisy Chain to help expand services into Hartlepool.”

The money will go towards extending Daisy Chain’s outreach services in Hartlepool. Earlier in the year, a Links support group for parents and carers was started and later this year a new activities club for families will be launched.

Holly Abbott, corporate partnerships manager at Daisy Chain, said: “It’s wonderful that JDR has chosen us as their charity this year. We couldn’t operate without our generous corporate supporters. With this support, we can continue to extend our outreach services even further in Hartlepool with a new activities club for families affected by autism to access locally, without having to travel to our base in Norton.”