On Tuesday 8th March 2022 Mesothelioma UK hosted a special Ladies’ Luncheon in celebration of International Women’s Day. The event was held at the MacDonald Hotel in Manchester.
On arrival guests were treated to a prosecco reception, kindly sponsored by Hugh James. Guests were then invited to view the stands manned by our legal representatives and a friend of the charity, Just Jules, who was selling ladies’ accessories.
Guests took their seats where they found a goody bag, sponsored by Royds Withy King, which included a mini bottle of prosecco, treats, a handmade keyring, a Mesothelioma UK face mask and also a bottle of perfume kindly donated by Next.
Our Head of Nursing, Lorraine Creech, chaired the event and welcomed everyone to the day, and announced the jam-packed agenda and the raffle draws.
An interview with the late Dr Mags Portman was shown – a poignant reminder of why fundraising is so vital to Mesothelioma UK and the importance of research that can change lives.
Guests were then served a delicious three-course lunch and the raffles were held between courses, with prizes from companies such as Greggs, Experience Days, Andrew Collier Photography, legal firms supporting the work of Mesothelioma UK and individual donors.
A further video animation was shown explaining how Mesothelioma UK co-funded a study (GEMS) to explore gender differences in patients with mesothelioma. The Sheffield University Mesothelioma UK Research Centre conducted the study. The full report can be read here.
The main event of the day was the panel session where Lorraine Creech asked questions of our invited guests Caroline Twist, Mavis Nye, Barbara Murray, and Colette Willoughby. The panel members answered questions and shared experiences of times when they may have experienced gender discrimination and what they considered to be their greatest life achievements.
At the end of the event, we had a special raffle called a balloon pop where balloons which contained a piece of paper which stated WIN or LOSE were popped by the buyer and the winner received a Swarovski Necklace.
John Jones played his accordion at the beginning and end of the event and we believe everyone enjoyed the afternoon.
We couldn’t have delivered this event without our sponsors and supporters who helped us raise a whopping £4,350.00