As an events company we are often asked to support charitable causes and help to organise events for charity without charge. This is always a tricky one as we would love to help everyone if we could but we just could not turn this opportunity down to help Fiona Knight and Lucy Beck. We were delighted to have have been of help during the course of this year to Fiona, Bournemouth Solicitor, in her efforts to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Fiona’s mother Joyce has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for the past 10 years in connection with her mother having this illness Fiona decided with the willing help of her colleague Lucy to undertake the huge effort of a bike ride from London to Paris a distance of around 320 miles, in order to raise money and much needed awareness of this condition. Phew!
Ladies at the “Send Off Black Tie Ball”
As well as the charity bike ride other events have been organised by Fiona with the help of Bellissimo to ensure a lot of money is raised for this worth cause. A Quiz Night on Friday 28th May at Key West on Bournemouth Pier, a French Evening on Saturday 17th July in Bransgore and a lunch at the Bournemouth Air Festival on Thursday 19th August. All the events had fantastic ticket sales and a large amount of money has been raised so far for this worthy caused.
One of our lovely tables of supporters for the events – thanks folks! Could not have done it without you!
One of our younger guests, Luke who enjoyed the dinner (and his book!!)
Whilst sitting writing this blog Fiona and Lucy are busy riding their bikes, as the send off a Black Tie Ball was organised at The Carlton Hotel on Friday 10th September. A selection of entertainment was provided to the attendees, magic from the fantastic James Brown
who had guest gobsmacked by his outstanding magic act. Frank Sinatra tribute Anthony Adams
came along and treated guests to a few Sinatra classics. A charity auction with incredible prizes ranging from a Red Arrows Signed Suit which sold for £200.00 and a day trip to Rome which sold for £420.00.
Signed Red Arrow Suit kindly donated by Gina Mackin of Westpoint Catering
A lovely meal was served to everyone with the amazing photographer Richard Budd in attendance to photograph the evening so that guests could purchase photographs in aid of the charity after the event. Thank you Richard – wonderful as always! A disco finished the night off and everyone danced the night away.
Guests enjoying their meal and entertainment at The Carlton Hotel
Thanks goes to everyone who donated their services on the night and supported the event by coming along and making it a true success.
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Melanie – Bellissimo pictured with the crazy ladies Fiona and Lucy – getting ready for their bike adventure!
Due to Fiona and Lucy currently being away on their adventure the final amount for all of the 2010 fund raising efforts is yet to be known but we hope that a significant sum of money has been raised and we have enjoyed working alongside Fiona and Lucy for such a worthy cause. and were happy to donate our services for these events throughout this year. For more information of new events and fund raising activities take a look at Fiona’s website Cycle 4 Mum