Gala dinner raises dazzling £155,000 for charity
It was all about fringe dresses, feather boas and bow ties at the sixth annual Ronald McDonald House Manchester charity gala dinner this year.
Guests at the glamorous 1920’s-themed event raised a dazzling £155,000 for the Manchester House, which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families who have children at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and St Mary’s Neonatal Unit.
The total sum included a surprise donation of £37,600 from Property Alliance Group, which has chosen Ronald McDonald House Charities as its charity of choice.
The Inspiral Carpets star and local legend Clint Boon made a guest appearance at the all swinging, all dancing party and his DJ set had everyone boogying the night away. The whole evening was jam-packed with entertainment with lots of other activities, such as live and silent auctions and a raffle, taking place throughout the night.
Jo Wilkinson, Ronald McDonald House Manchester senior fundraiser, says: “We want to say a massive thank you to all of our supporters, corporate sponsors and staff that helped make the night such a great success. Words cannot express how grateful we are for everyone’s generosity and backing.
“It was a really memorable evening and the fantastic figure raised will help to provide approximately 6,200 nights of free accommodation to families with children in hospital, so we really can’t say thank you enough.”
The gala dinner took place on Friday 13 November at the Victorian Warehouse in Old Trafford.
Ronald McDonald House Manchester is one of 14 Houses run by Ronald McDonald House Charities – the independent charity which accommodates families who have seriously ill children being treated at specialist hospitals across the UK.
For more information about the House, please visit www.rmhc.org.uk/manchester.
For more information or to speak to someone please contact:
Francesca Seabourne, Third Sector PR
T. 020 7922 7720
M. 07944 190 674
Georgie Curtis-Iddiols, Third Sector PR
T. 020 7922 7721
Notes to editors
Ronald McDonald House Manchester is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2014 they helped support over 6,000 families with children in hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years.