Welcome To The Award Winning Red Sky Ball
The Red Sky Foundation was established after the creation of the award-winning Red Sky Ball when in 2016, the founder of our charity, Sergio Petrucci and his wife Emma hosted a quite remarkable one-off fundraising event to support our partners at the fantastic Children’s Heart Unit Fund at the Freeman Hospital as a huge thank you for saving their daughter’s life. The Red Sky Ball quickly evolved and grew into a spectacular “must go to" annual event on the North East of England social calendar and its success has allowed other events to develop, such as The White Party, Afternoon Teas and many more with the same common cause. The aim of our spectacular Red Sky events is simple, to raise as much money as possible to support babies and children born with or who develop congenital heart disease across the North East. Together we are truly making a huge difference to Heart Heroes – Thank You!
How is the money spent
Red Sky Foundation funds are raised in the North East of England and they stay in the North East of England!
Our funds go directly to the root cause and with the help of kind donations and with help from our sponsors, partners, supporters and volunteers The Red Sky Foundation has been able to provide hundreds of thousands of pounds to support cardiac patients from all over the UK and Europe who come to the North East in need of pioneering coronary care.
The money raised is used to help provide equipment, state of the art machinery, experiences and facilities. Since the very first Red Sky Ball took place, we have been able to purchase machines of the most innovative kind, such as a vital trans medic heart transplant machine which prolongs the life of donor hearts at the Children's Heart Unit at Newcastle; Echocardiogram (Echo) machines for Sunderland Royal Infirmary and James Cook Hospital; Countless defibrillators for the general public to use in an emergency.
Founders Emma and Sergio “wanted to make life that little bit more comfortable for other families; whether it be providing a parent’s emergency wash bag, gadgets and games, or the essential equipment and machinery needed to save little lives and now adult lives – every penny counts, we know that more than anyone."
The much talked about Red Sky Ball was the brainchild of Sergio and Emma Petrucci, after they experienced first-hand the help and support given to them and other heart families when their little girl, Luna, under-went a life-saving operation at the Children’s Heart Unit.
“Since Luna’s successful recovery, we wanted to do something special to say a huge thank you to the doctors and nurses that cared for us as a family, during what became the most stressful and terrifying time of our lives. We couldn’t think of a better way than to raise money to help future families who may be feeling the same way we were."
The Red Foundation team is growing and is now made up of a board of experienced trustees to add value and governance of our charity, a team of volunteers & corporate partners. Each individual gives up their time, skill and offer support to help us make a difference and this enables us to collectively save lives.
The Red Sky Foundation burst on to the charity scene in the North East of England and due to the unprecedented success of events like the Red Sky Ball and The White Party, we have won countless local and regional awards. These include North East Corporate Charity Ambassador of the Year 2019; Best Charity Event of 2016 & 2018; Best Newcomer 2017; North East Fundraising Champion of the Year 2016 and High Commended for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Charity by the North East Press Association 2017. Such recognition is a testimony to the hard work of the charity and how our foundation makes a huge positive impact on the lives of so many people.
Proceeds from another successful Red Sky Ball was used to fund Echo machines for both Sunderland Royal Hospital and James Cook Hospital. The machines, which cost £53,000 each, are instrumental in providing a detailed diagnosis of young children with heart conditions such as congenital heart disease.