An Eastbourne charity that supports children with a disability/special needs is coming out of Covid lockdown in style with a fundraising Cabaret Ball at the newly-refurbished Winter Garden on Saturday November 13.

Embrace is showcasing a night of thrills and spills, games, laughter and happiness … just what we need after the terrible Covid pandemic that has torn some families asunder and left heartache in its wake.

Everybody is invited and the dress code is Dress to Impress! Individuals, small groups and tables of 8 would all be welcome at Cabaret Ball, where all proceeds will help fund the vital work of Embrace.    

Embrace CEO Rebecca Whippy wants Eastbourne to come out and party. She said: “We’ve been struggling with Covid and its physical and mental effects on us all for well over a year. But for many of the children and parents we support, it has been an especially tough time.

“Now that we seem to be over the worst, I would encourage the people of Eastbourne to dig out their party clothes and join us for a fun night,” Rebecca added. “We will be entertained by the fantastic Cabaret Cerises dance troupe and other live acts. Please do come along and support our fundraising evening. It will be great fun!”

Rebecca said that taking centre stage during the evening would be some of the parents they support. “I have asked them to share their stories about the joy, heart-ache and frustrations of raising a child with a special need or a disability.

“And while there are times of great happiness, there are also real challenges along the way,” she continued. “It is vital that they have a voice and can share some of their experiences.”

Two Eastbourne fashion shops have partnered with Embrace to offer discounts on their dress range. Pop into Aurelie and Rose in the Enterprise Centre or Posh of Eastbourne in Little Chelsea for help in finding that perfect outfit.

And when you descend the grand staircase for the drinks reception at the Winter Garden, a photographer will be on hand to capture your arrival and help you savour the moment.

Businesses are being encouraged to sponsor the event, with packages offering great PR opportunities from as little as £500.

Tickets for the Cabaret Ball are available at:

Embrace celebrates seven years of supporting hundreds of families across East Sussex. As a charity, it relies on the fantastic support of the community, individuals and businesses. From its centre in Wharf Road, it promotes inclusion, life skills and opportunities through respite clubs, education, parent support and advocacy.

Embrace is an award-winning charity with partners all over the country and a huge amount of local support.

Since the pandemic there have been significant changes to how Embrace operates, but it is still driven by its motto: Because no child should feel alone.

Embrace works with other charities and groups to provide accessible sessions that the whole community can engage with.

It aims to bring communities together and become more inclusive in its support for families and children with additional needs.

For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Whippy, CEO, at

Emma Millar, Head of Fundraising