On Friday 4th March 2016 the Helping Hand Annual Charity Dinner took place at Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard. The theme of the evening was Super Heroes as we believe that anyone that raises money or has benefited from the help of a Charity is a true Hero!!
The night kicks off with a drinks reception before the proceedings really get going. We have games to play and an amazing raffle with items ranging from a travel clock to TV, coffee machine to GHD’s and all we ask is for a small donation from all attending!! The main fundraisers of the evening are the numerous auctions with most items being kindly donated by our suppliers. This year we had items such as tickets for Jess Glynne, Dirty Dancing live at Manchester, a photograph sitting, airkix indoor skydive experience and tickets to the Italian Superbike with flights!!
To finish the event we had a live band ‘Madison’ who soon got everyone up dancing.
21 suppliers to Leyland Trucks and PACCAR parts attended the event as well as some special guests ‘The Crockatt Family’ who we as a Charity are currently fundraising for in the form of Sponsorship for several people to attempt the Velocity Zip Wire in Wales (blog to follow)
The Crockatt Family
Sofia Crockatt contracted Meningococcal Septicaemia aged 2 and a half years old which resulted in her left leg being amputated below the knee. Since then, the family (mum Karen, dad Nick and brother Dom) have supported the work of the charity, becoming Meningitis Research Foundation Charity Ambassadors for the North West, raising awareness of the disease and fundraising. Sofia is now a keen sportsperson and enjoys hand-cycling, horse-riding and running. As well as fundraising, Sofia also gives awareness talks in her local community and in 2012 was made our very first Junior Ambassador to reward her for her hard work. Her hand-cycle and blade leg are adorned in the charity purple.
Meningitis Research Foundation
“Our vision is a world free from meningitis and septicaemia”
Meningitis and septicaemia kill around 1,000 people around the world every day. Globally, up to 5% of all deaths of children aged under five are caused by meningitis and septicaemia, while a third of survivors have long term disabilities, like amputation, brain damage and deafness. We have invested over £17m in vital research and health interventions which aid diagnosis. We spend around £1m a year in the UK supporting those affected and providing free information to the public and health care professionals.