As an event organiser, I help charities raise as much money as possible and get the most out of their events, and supporting an event that raises funds for an area close to my heart is one of the reasons I love my job. With a close family member suffering from dementia, I was eager to help support Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity with their first fundraising event of 2017 and gave my services free of charge.
It was a lovely sunny February afternoon that saw more than 60 guests gather together at The Mere Court Hotel in Knutsford to listen to representatives of the Mid Cheshire Hospital Trust explain why raising money for the hospital’s elderly care unit and dementia garden is so important to those it helps.
The Mere Court Hotel had done the charity proud and the conservatory looked beautiful.
I was delighted with the a number of raffle prizes that had been donated, which included a lifestyle photography session donated by Andrew Collier Photography, a 30-day Feelgood programme donated by Ali Wheeler of Feelgood, a hospitality package donated by Tranmere Rovers, afternoon tea for two donated by The Mere Court Hotel, plus a number of bottles of wine and boxes of chocolate kindly donated by supporters of the charity.
My role isn’t just to help pull the event together before the day, but to ensure everything goes according to plan on the actual day itself.
It was vital that I was there to support fundraising manager Laura Riddle, as she was needed in a business capacity and I was able to greet the guests, sign them in and offer them their welcome drink. It is usual with any event that someone can’t make it on the day, but this charity is so popular we actually had 102% attendance as we had an additional person arrive on the day!
Although the event wasn’t due to begin until midday, guests began arriving from 11.30am and soon got themselves comfortable on the large round tables. Tea and coffee was served to the seated guests before the talk began on the wonderful work that the staff on the elderly care do for their patients and what this work means to the patients themselves. It was very heartwarming and a number of guests had a tear in their eye. It really was a beautiful explanation.
Once the talk was over, afternoon tea was served and I went around the guests with a donation bucket giving out raffle tickets. I was absolutely delighted to count up over £300 raised from the raffle. It is the generosity of people that allow all the wonderful work to be done by the charity. There will be many more events during the coming year, and I will enjoy telling you about the charities successes.