Guests have a ball at Northorpe Hall

CUPID’S arrow helped a children’s charity net £12,000.

Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust raised the cash with a Valentine’s Ball.

The event was organised by Sandy Bentley, owner of Diablo’s cafe, and Karen Sykes, owner of C R Interiors, both of Mirfield.

Director Tom Taylor said he could not believe how much cash was raised.

He said: “It’s a phenomenal amount to raise from one event, a real achievement. Huge thanks to everyone who bought tickets, bought something in the auction and those involved in organising the event, especially to Sandy and Karen.”

The money will pay for 100 young carers to go on days out and for 100 hours of extra counselling support.

Meanwhile, the trust has been told by Kirklees Council it will be granted funding for children’s counselling until the end of the year.

The council has approved funding in its 2011 budget following a petition by trust supporters to urge the council to protect Northorpe Hall in its budget cuts.

And the trust is hoping to win a contract for psychological wellbeing and mental health services for young people in Kirklees.

Thanking supporters, Mr Taylor said: “I’m absolutely delighted with this decision and I’m pleased that Kirklees commissioners and councillors have recognised the needs of young people and the value of this service.

“Whether they would have made this decision without the phenomenal support shown by this petition, we will never know. It included hundreds of signatures and comments from the petition as supporting statements in the report to commissioners, along with the evidence that the service works and is valued. I think this campaign and the report changed their minds!”