Industry dinner raises over £22,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support
A charity gala dinner held at Beaulieu during the annual Holiday Caravan and Park Home Show in September raised a remarkable £22,246 for MacMillan Cancer Support.
An initiative by three of the manufacturers at the show – ABI UK, Carnaby Caravans and the Swift Group – the event was supported by four of the other manufacturers – Atlas Leisure Homes, Pathfinder Homes, Prestige Homeseeker Park & Leisure Homes and Stately Albion – and generously sponsored by Bankside Patterson, Belfield Furnishings, Dale Leisure Supplies, Eltherington Group, Leisuredays, MKM Leisure Division with MKM Building Supplies, and Morco Products; in addition the Mayfield Group provided prizes for the grand draw which included a £500 voucher towards a break at the renowned Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa in New Milton, Hampshire.
The 300 guests, who came mainly from holiday and residential parks across the south of England, enjoyed a drinks reception in the world-famous National Motor Museum before moving into the Brabazon restaurant for a sumptuous three-course meal, during which they were entertained by performances from three outstanding magicians. The evening concluded with a hugely entertaining presentation by the brilliant ventriloquist, Nina Conti.
Macmillan Cancer Support described the donation as “absolutely fantastic” and said it would all be used to help people living with cancer and their families to receive essential medical, practical and emotional support. For example, it requires £21,510 to fund a Macmillan nurse for nine months.
The photo shows Tom Quirk (left), the charity’s fundraising manager for the south-east, with Michael Worger-Ritchie, managing director of Teamwork Professionals, who organised the event on behalf of the manufacturers.