One of the biggest and brightest charitable events in the region’s calendar took place at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate on Saturday November 10th and once again Yorkshire dug deep – with over a quarter of a million pounds raised for Barnardo’s for the 4th consecutive year.

The Firecracker Ball, which is now in its 17th year supporting the world famous children’s charity, takes place every November in a huge themed marquee attached to Rudding Park Hotel, and this year over 680 guests were transported through the marquee and into the dazzling Brazilian Carnival.

The Firecracker Ball 2018

Highlights of the ball included moving speeches from a group of young people supported by Barnardo’s in Bradford (ages 10-22); an auction of ‘money can’t buy’ prizes, including lots donated by Sir Paul McCartney and The Angels Events and a performance from pop sensation, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

All funds raised on the night will be donated to Barnardo’s in Yorkshire, who each year help almost 14,000 children, young people and their families in over 80 specialised projects in local communities. Since the first Firecracker Ball for Barnardo’s in 2002, the event has now raised over £2.8 million.

As well as attending the ball, Phillip Stoner donated a 1ct Asscher Cut Diamond plus a £1000 Gift Voucher to have it made into a beautiful piece of jewellery in their Leeds workshop. The hugely successful diamond raffle raises much needed money for Barnardo’s each year and the jeweller is thrilled to be involved.


Phillip Stoner were honoured to be asked to attend The Firecracker Ball, in aid of Barnardo’s, for the third consecutive year. This year the theme was Willy Wonka’s World of Pure Imagination and it was truly breathtaking…

The Firecracker Ball 2014

The Angels Events transformed Rudding Park with oversized sweets, chocolate rivers and Oompa Loompas, hundreds of thousands of pounds were raised for charity in just a few hours and everybody had an incredible evening. Phillip Stoner donated prizes worth more than £5000 in an effort to help raise as much money as possible for Barnardo’s and showcased some stunning pieces, including their new Thea Collection.


For the third consecutive year, Phillip Stoner The Jeweller is showing their support for the Firecracker Ball by providing prizes for their ‘Golden Ticket’ raffle. In line with the theme, Willy Wonka’s World of Pure Imagination, the first prize is a stunning 1.96ct Chocolate Diamond, to be mounted in a piece of bespoke jewellery of the winner’s choosing. The completed piece, worth an estimated £5000, will be designed and handcrafted in-house at the jeweller’s Leeds workshop.

Chocolate Diamond Halo Ring by Phillip Stoner the Jeweller

The Firecracker Ball will take place on Saturday 8th November 2014 at the prestigious Rudding Park Hotel near Harrogate. Since 2002 the charity ball has become a significant event in the Yorkshire social calendar raising in excess of £1.5 million for Barnardo’s and helping to change the lives of thousands of children and young people across Yorkshire. Money raised at this year’s Ball will help young carers who are supported by Barnardo’s.

To pledge a donation to Barnardo’s or to book tickets for The Firecracker Ball 2014 click here.

Firecracker Hits £230,000 Fundraising Record

The legendary Firecracker Ball, which recently took place at Rudding Park in Harrogate, raised a record breaking £230,000  on its 25th anniversary, to help disadvantaged children across Yorkshire.

In the last eleven years the Firecracker Ball has raised over £1.5 million for Barnardo’s, a staggering achievement. Phillip Stoner,  are amongst the key sponsors, donating prizes and providing expert jewellery advice and showcasing a selection of their finest jewellery on the night.

The Firecracker Ball 2013

Creative fundraising activities and donated auction prizes were attributed to the success of the event with ‘Lots’ including an exclusive trip to New York for a meet and greet with Daniel Craig and a VIP trip to the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix. Initiatives also included a chance to win a £5,000 diamond ‘Snowflake’ necklace, donated by Phillip Stoner. Enterntainment was provided on the night by UB40 frontman, Ali Campbell.