The Firecracker Ball, one of the biggest and brightest charitable events in the region’s calendar, took place at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate on Saturday 11th November, this year with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Once again Yorkshire dug deep – with early indications showing over £270,000 raised for Barnardo’s on the night.

Highlights of the ball included moving speeches from Barnardo’s volunteers; an auction of ‘money can’t buy’ prizes, including lots donated by Sir Richard Branson, James Corden, Depeche Mode, Bruce Oldfield and a performance from the most successful British soul band of all time, Hot Chocolate.
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Phillip Stoner The Jeweller has now supported the Firecracker Ball for 6 consecutive years. This year the company donated a 1ct Diamond, amongst other prizes, in order to raise funds in the ‘Eat Me’ raffle. 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

Please visit to find out more about the event. Firecracker Ball 2018 will take place on 10thNovember; it’s never too early to find out how to be a sponsor, donate a prize, or book tickets!


Phillip Stoner MD Attends Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

On the 12th May Phillip Stoner MD, Jonathan Stoner and wife Helen, were pleased attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

The invitation only event, hosted by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, marked Barnardo’s 150th Anniversary and was an opportunity to thank staff, volunteers and supporters for their commitment to the charity.

Buckingham Palace Garden Party 2016

Phillip Stoner has supported Barnardo’s for many years at The Firecracker Ball, a spectacular charity event that is held at Rudding Park each November. As well as attending the ball the jeweller has donated prizes including loose diamondsfine jewellery and the chance to create a bespoke piece of jewellery in-house, raising thousands of pounds for the charity.

Barnardo’s works with more than 240,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people, parents and carers and runs 960 services around the United Kingdom. To find out more or to make a donation, Click Here > 


At one of the standout charity events in the Yorkshire calendar, The Firecracker Ball, over £300,000 was raised in aid of Barnardo’s.

On the 14th November 2015, 720 guests were transported to a world of make believe as they entered the huge marquee, attached to Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate, which was transformed to a land of fairy tales for this year’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ themed ball.

Phillip Stoner at The Firecracker Ball 2015

Guests were treated to a three course gourmet dinner whilst being entertained by various musical and theatrical acts.

Sir Richard Branson, Daniel Craig, Christopher Biggins, Ben de Lisi and Sir Alex Ferguson were among the celebrities offering personalised prizes for the online auction, which came to a close after dinner.

To end the night Texas brought the house down by playing the very best of their multi-million selling albums with hits including Say What You Want and I Don’t Want a Lover.

Phillip Stoner, who have supported the charity event for four consecutive years, donated a 1ct Diamond worth £10,000 to raise money in the Diamond Raffle. The winner was invited to visit Phillip Stoner’s Victoria Quarter boutique to meet our designer and goldsmiths who have since created a beautiful bespoke piece of jewellery.

Since 2002 the annual charity ball has raised over 2 million pounds for Barnardo’s, who each year help almost 14,000 children, young people and their families in over 80 specialised projects in local communities.

The Firecracker Ball 2016 will take place on 12th November. If you would like to find out more about the event or to pledge a donation please visit


In November 2014 Phillip Stoner donated a prize for the Chocolate Bar Raffle at the Willy Wonka’s World of Pure Imagination themed Firecracker Ball. In addition to a loose 1.96ct Chocolate Diamond, the winner was gifted £1000 to spend on creating a bespoke piece of jewellery, to be made in Phillip Stoner’s Leeds Workshop.

In the new year, Shona Masood, met with our jewellery designer, Philippa, who has since created a stunning 18ct Rose Gold and Diamond Set Cocktail Ring.

Firecracker Ball 2014 Bespoke JewelleryIn total, The Firecracker Ball raised an amazing £210,000 for Barnardo’s on the night – an amazing result!

Phillip Stoner Donates Diamond Prize for Yorkshire Fundraiser

Phillip Stoner has donated a £5,000 diamond necklace to help fundraising at the prestigious Firecracker Ball taking place in Harrogate next month.  The established platinum and diamond specialist is the latest business to pledge support for the event, which raises funds for Barnardo’s causes in Yorkshire.

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Jonathan Stoner, Managing Director said, “We are delighted to be able to support the Firecracker Ball for a second time. It is a very worthy fundraiser for young people in need.  This year we have donated an 18ct white gold, diamond set “Snowflake” pendant which is absolutely stunning!”.

The Firecracker Ball raises considerable funds for Barnardo’s projects across Yorkshire.  It takes place on Saturday 9th November 2013 in a bespoke marquee at Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate. An ‘Indian Summer’ themed backdrop is planned with a number of ‘money can’t buy’ auction prizes and entertainment from Ali Campbell of UB40 fame.

The Ball has become the most significant event in the Yorkshire social calendar helping to change the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and young people across Yorkshire.  Since 2002, the Ball has raised more than £1.3 million for Barnardo’s… a record breaking £205,000 last year alone.

The Firecracker Ball committee is actively seeking support from individuals and businesses in the region who are interested in sponsorship packages, table bookings or donating auction or other prizes for the charity.  For more information please contact Kirsty Guy 01748 821295 or  or visit

Diamond Donation for Barnardo’s Fundraiser

Phillip Stoner was pleased to donate a £5,000 diamond prize to help raise funds at the prestigious Firecracker Ball 2012, which took place last week in Harrogate. We, alongside other local businesses, were thrilled to pledge support for the event, which raises funds for Barnardo’s causes in Yorkshire.

Managing Director, Jonathan Stoner said, “We are delighted to be able to support the Firecracker Ball, which is a very worthy fundraiser for young people in need.  We have donated a half carat GIA Certified Diamond, D colour [the very highest colour grade available] of VS1 Clarity. This will be set into a bespoke jewellery piece, designed by us and produced by our craftsman within our workshop, to the lucky winner’s specification.”

VQ Manager, RebeccaPhillip Stoner also donated gift vouchers of £250 and £100 for two runners up in the £20 prize draw game.

Phil Taylor, Chairman of the Firecracker Ball Committee said on the evening, “This is an incredible and very generous donation from Phillip Stoner, for which we are extremely grateful.  I can imagine most ladies will want to find that lucky ticket…I’ll certainly be buying a few for my wife!”

The 2012 Firecracker Ball, took place at Rudding Park on the 10th November, and was a sell out with nearly 750 guests attending.  The ‘Roaring 20s’ themed event proved a night to remember with entertainment from soul sensation Beverley Knight.

Trinity Manager, JohnThe event has become the most significant event in the Yorkshire social calendar, helping to change the lives of thousands of children and young people across Yorkshire.  Since 2002 the ball has raised more than £1.1million for Barnardo’s causes, and this year’s event saw them raise a further £200,000 – a huge achievement!

This year The Firecracker Ball has raised funds to support family support services in Yorkshire, such as The Priory Family Centre, where family support is offered through a Drop In Group, Baby Group and Parenting Programmes. The Priory also provides support for some families with significant needs. A Short Breaks Holiday Club provides holiday activities for 8-18 year olds with complex health needs including physical disabilities, life limiting conditions and learning disabilities. The Priory Siblings Group provides support services to young people whose sibling has a disability or a life limiting illness.

To pledge a donation for Barnardo’s please click here.