On the 12th November 2016 our branch had a very successful Winter Ball to raise funds for the MND Association in Greater Manchester.
It was a fantastic night, and we asked Stacey Kerr, who did an amazing job to organise it all, to write a review for our website, so read Stacey’s thoughts below!
Wow, where can I start? In May I decided to organise a ball for the branch. I have organised many events but nothing so ambitious or grand. It took me a while and lots of negotiating to secure the correct venue and once I had the fun began! I got a fantastic response with tickets reserving at a fast rate. I also got an excellent response from local businesses and sports clubs who donated some pretty special raffle/auction prizes. We confirmed a host, DJ and professional photographer which all proved very popular on the night. I created a Facebook page to keep all the guests updated, and built up the excitement nearer the time. I initially thought I had lots of time to organise the night but it flew by and was here before I knew it!
The night was fantastic and I honestly don’t think it could have went any better. There were 234 attending, 4 with MND and everyone I have spoken too had a brilliant time. The room was decorated in MNDA colours with balloons and table decorations matching. Every guest got a goodie bag with MNDA bands, badges, pens and allsorts of other things in them. The host had a minutes reflection which was the most poignant moment and John Boulton who is a very valued branch member made a lovely speech via his iPAD. Everybody enjoyed the table raffle and auctions and then once the fundraising was finished the DJ had everybody up on their feet for the last few hours.
We raised a phenomenal £10,500 which I am extremely proud off. I had some very good support from friends, family and branch members. It took a lot of organising and preparation in the months beforehand but I can honestly say that it was my best fundraiser so far. Not only did we raise a wonderful amount but we brought our branch together. We saw some old faces and we made new friends. The most important thing for me was we brought that network of support we call our MND Family together for the evening. And what a very special evening it was.
Now…….. what to do next!!