Events raise more than £60,000!

Ladies Lunch

Two of our regular events have enjoyed record-breaking years, bringing in more than £60,000 for our charity!

Both events were held at the beautiful Mere Golf Resort & Spa, our local Golf Club who are incredibly supportive of our work and who go that extra mile to ensure our guests have a fantastic time every time! The first was the Golf Day on 22nd May which raised a phenomenal £23,000, a whole £6,000 more than in 2013, in part thanks to new sponsors BACTA.

22 teams had a fabulous day of golfing at the prestigious club followed by a fun Prize-giving Dinner in the evening hosted by comedian Stan Boardman. The day teed off with a hearty lunch in the club, the teams were then treated to a wonderful afternoon of golf. The Prize-giving Dinner followed, Stan Boardman entertained the golfers in his inimitable style and guided them through a fantastic raffle and silent auction.

We held one of our trademark raffles with a difference which alone raised over £800! Golfers taking part in the “Check your Balls” raffle were encouraged to buy a £20 box of Balls which had been sponsored by Cargill, one of which contained a special marked Ball. The owner of that lucky pack won a 2 night luxury stay for 2 at the de Savary family’s Cotswold retreat Old Swan & Minster Mill. Another lucky winner left with tickets for him and his team to watch the recording of CAFT Patron, Jason Manford’s, new sport show “A Question of Sport; Super Saturday” at MediaCity.

The grand finale of the evening was the Prize-giving which saw the PFA’s team scooping the first prize, each team member walking away with a luxury hamper sponsored by Ettinger. Second place went to James Nocker Team A, and BlueMoon Telecom came a close third.

On 11th June we held our 10th Ladies Lunch at The Mere when, thanks to the support of 420 generous ladies who attended, we raised over £40,000! This event has grown in popularity each year, since it first began with 80 ladies in 2005 at Belle Epoque in Knutsford. This year’s event had a 1950’s American Diner theme and guests quickly got into the swing of things, some even dressing up as Pink Ladies!

The ladies were greeted by U.S. themed stilt walkers from Gravity Live and cold treats served by Ice Cream Dub out of their retro VW Camper van. Refreshing cocktail in hand, they were then invited to indulge in a spot of shopping and pampering – they could even have their photos taken in the rocking and rolling CAFT Diner!

Charity staff and volunteers dressed as 1950’s waitresses, T-birds and the Fonz were assisted by Fire Fighters from Altrincham Fire Brigade who charmed the ladies – helping them to raise an amazing £3,000 from the raffle alone! Host Paul Sleem got the proceedings off to a flying start with a fun game of Heads & Tails then handed over to Ian & Sheila Hartley who gave an energetic display of 1950’s jive. Vocalist Andy Ellison then entertained the ladies throughout their delicious meal with his inimitable brand of swing and jazz.

Long-standing Patrons, Jennifer James and Dame Sarah Storey were joined by their newest Patron (and wife of John), Melanie Bishop. Between them they helped to present prizes to lucky winners in the charity’s special raffles – including handbags from Louis Vuitton and Chanel, donated by CAFT Patron Carole Nash and Angela Seebue of The Dressing Room.

A Grand Auction followed which featured some impressive prizes, including luxury holidays at Natural Retreats Cornwall and Gilpin Lodge in the Lakes, a trip on the Northern Belle and top concert tickets to see Robbie Williams!

Butlers in the Buff sold special packs of hand-made white chocolate French fries by Simon Dunne Chocolatier, one of which contained a special prize of a holiday in Washington courtesy of United Airlines. Jane Beeley from United Airlines was on hand to present their prize. The excitement didn’t end there though as comedian Justin Moorhouse popped in to do a quick stand-up set plus there was a fabulous fashion show by The White House, styled by Quilligotti from Society Agencies of Manchester.

A special mention must go to the volunteers from Lloyds Banking Group who gave up their time at both events to help us to raise these amazing amounts of money. We really can’t thank them enough, along with each and every guest who came along of course! All funds will go straight into our Holiday Programme for 2014 and will help us to change the lives of countless very special children.