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Over 200 guests arrived decked out in sparkling sequins for the annual MedEquip4Kids Shimmer Ball, which this year featured a glamorously retro “Saturday Night Fever” theme. As in previous years, the ball took place in the opulent surroundings of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in central Manchester.

After being treated to a drinks reception and a delicious three-course dinner,  guests played the fun and popular Musical Bingo, from which the lucky winner took away a brand new iPad. A raffle was also held for a beautiful diamond ring, kindly donated by Warren James.  Finally guests danced the night away, entertained by a DJ and sax player.

The event raised an amazing £45,000, which will go towards the Manchester Appeal set up by MedEquip4Kids in the wake of the terrorist attack on Manchester Arena last May. The funds will provide extra equipment for the hospitals that cared for children and young people following the attack, to ensure they are fully equipped to deal with such incidents in future.

Thanks so much to everyone who attended and contributed on the night. A special thank you to our main sponsors VINCI Construction UK and Bowker’s, and to Click Studio at the Manchester College for producing the video shown on the night.

We’d also like to thank the following companies and individuals for donating prizes: Weightmans, Warren James, Radisson Blu, Cheshire Scaffolding, Slatterys, TLC, Sound Interiors, Succession Group, Manchester United FC, A Plant, and Ruth Jameson.

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“The specialist treatment chairs are a new vital resource for the therapy team and nursing staff to be able to safely and comfortably sit extremely complex, dependant, critical care patients out of bed. The chairs allow us to begin the patient’s rehabilitation journey by providing appropriate postural support at the same time as pressure relief to allow the patient to build the muscle strength to hold themselves up against gravity. This allows them to begin to interact with their environment in a more normal way, enabling them to participate in meaningful activities such as meal times and activities of daily living.”

Physiotherapy Team
Critical Care Unit
Royal Preston Hospital

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