Hurricane Lorenzo seemed to make landfall just as our guests were leaving the hotel to enjoy a drinks reception on a heritage Blackpool tram, sponsored by Royds Withy
King. This gave the illuminations a particularly special ‘glow’. Braving the rain and somehow all still managing to look glamorous, guests then took their places in the
Ballroom, with its ornate ceiling, for dinner interspersed with dance demonstrations by an award-winning Latin American dance couple.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards to fundraisers, donors and others who have had a significant impact on Mesothelioma UK in the last year. The other highlight of the evening was the Cha-Cha masterclass! Led by the professionals, our guests swayed their hips and moved their feet so well that even Craig Revel Horwood would have said, “three words: Fab-u-lous!”
Thank you to all of the organisations who bought tables and provided some amazing raffle prizes, to the sponsors of the drinks reception and first dance demonstration, Royds Withy King, and the sponsors of the second dance demonstration, Thompsons Solicitors, and to everyone who attended to make it a special celebration of the work of Mesothelioma UK.
CORPORATE DONOR OF THE YEAR: ROYDS WITHY KING
The law firm, Royds Withy King is a Gold Donor to Mesothelioma UK in 2019-20 and is often the first to respond to any requests that we may make to support specific events.
SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION OF THE YEAR: LINDA LAKIN
This award was especially poignant for the operations team as Linda was a regular volunteer in the office and had made many friends by volunteering at previous patient and carer days. Linda passed away in December 2018 and her husband and daughter received the award. You can read Linda’s story and her husband Jerry’s story on our website.
FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR: JAN MASON
Jan won Fundraiser of the Year as she pledged and committed herself to raising £20,000+ to support a nurse for a year. She has taken part in many fundraisers over the last couple of years and the last and final event was cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End, which then took her final total over £20,000.
TEAM FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR: THE SMEDLEY FAMILY
Liz presented the Smedley Family with their award at our Patient and Carer Day.
CHARITY PARTNER OF THE YEAR: HASAG
HASAG is a charity dedicated to helping people suffering from asbestos-related diseases and their families throughout the south of England, south east, London and Home Counties. Our two charities have worked closely together for many years. Liz commented that: “we think the same, we feel the same and we want the same for our patients and carers.”
JUNIOR FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR: LIZZIE MILES
At the age of just 14, Lizzie cut off her long locks in a sponsored ‘brave the shave’, to not only raise money for Mesothelioma UK but also donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions. Lizzie’s fundraiser was in memory of her grandfather, who died of mesothelioma in 2011.
MOST INSPIRATIONAL FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR: CHRIS WILLIS
You can read about Chris’ patient story on our website.