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Charities receive £44,000 following fundraising ball
Four charities are set to each receive a donation of £11,000 from Fentons Solicitors LLP following the success of the firm’s Charity Ball. The serious injury specialists – based in Manchester and London – held the Halloween-themed event in October last year, with all proceeds being shared equally amongst the firm’s four nominated beneficiaries.
The event broke all the firm’s previous fundraising records, with £44,000 to be shared between Headway the brain injury association, the Spinal Injuries Association, Brake the road safety charity and The British Lung Foundation. Deborah Johnson, equity partner at Fentons and chair of the ball organising committee, said the 2011 event held at Lancashire County Cricket Ground had been a resounding success.
“After the 2009 ball raised more than £30,000, we didn’t expect to break our record again this year – particularly as everyone is feeling the impact of the difficult economic times,” said Deborah. “But amazingly, we were able to smash the previous record and we are delighted that our nominated charities will each be receiving £11,000.”
Deborah said as well as charging guests for tickets, donations were made throughout the night and further money was raised by auctioning money-can’t-buy items. “While the food was excellent, the music superb and the casino proved very popular, the charity auction and raffle continued to demonstrate the generosity of our colleagues and contacts,” she said.
Deborah was particularly grateful to Police Family Liaison Co-ordinators PC Steve Williams and DS Mike Thompson, who both took a break from their day jobs and used their showbiz skills to ensure the ball went with a swing.
“Steve acted as host for the evening, introducing the event, keeping the 400 guests entertained and acting as auctioneer for the fundraising auction, while Mike’s band ‘Heat Treatment’ provided the music for dancing - complete with Halloween make-up in keeping with the night’s theme,” she said.
“Steve and Mike both generously gave us their services for free, but they put tonnes of time and energy into their performances,” said Deborah. “Steve’s hosting proved popular, and importantly everyone laughed in the right places, and Mike and Heat Treatment helped get the party rocking as the night wore on,” she said. “We are incredibly grateful for their generosity, and for helping to make the night such a success.”
Deborah said all of the money raised from the event had been collected and the £44,000 raised will now be distributed between the charities.
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