On Saturday, November 16, an annual ball organised and hosted by Mandy Molby and Claire Gallagher, was held at Thornton Hall Hotel, Wirral in aid of Variety, the Children’s Charity.
The event raised over £190K crucial funds to support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people.
The evening consisted of entertainment from M People’s Heather Small, supported by X factor finalist Marcus Collins and a disco.
The fundraising highlight of the evening was a donation of 15 original prints and one large print number 0ne from world renowned Artist Mackenzie Thorpe.
The funds raised by Mackenzie’s art work will fund a Variety Sunshine Coach for Hilbre High School in Wirral.
Young Variety Ambassador Dante Marvin was on hand to thank all the guests for their support for the Ball and to thank Mandy and Claire personally for sponsoring his new wheelchair that was bought from the Nall last year.
Special thanks goes to sponsors “Durastic Seaking” and “Integral” for their continued support each year to the Ball, and also to the” Festive group” who decorated the room.
The highlight of the night was Peter Moore CEO Liverpool FC, who auctioned himself Jamie Carragher Jan Molby and John Barnes ex Liverpool Football Legends a private dinner party for 40 people at Thornton Hall in 2020.
Plus Peter brought along two amazing money can’t buy items of Liverpool memorabilia on the night which raised substantial amounts of money.
Lyn Staunton, Development Director of Variety, the Children’s Charity, North West Region, commented: “We are humbled and honoured to have the support of Mandy and Claire who work so hard all year to make the Ball the great success it always is.
“We are extremely grateful to Mackenzie Thorpe for his wonderful Art Work donated and all the wonderful people who donated prizes for the Auction/raffle on the night.
“All funds raised on the night will go to help local children and young adults and their families here in Merseyside northwest with wheelchairs, specialised equipment, Sunshine Coaches and in addition creating memorable childhood experiences through the Variety at Work scheme.”