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On Saturday we hosted our biggest event of the year, the MedEquip4Kids Shimmer Ball, which we are thrilled to announce has raised an amazing £47,285 for medical equipment and resources to improve children’s health.

The ball took place in the glamorous ambience of the five-star Lowry Hotel in Manchester, where 188 guests arrived for a drinks reception. This was followed by a delicious three-course meal, an auction and raffle, a casino, and a live band playing until late. The theme this year was a Masquerade Ball and our guests came dressed up to impress in their masks and black-tie attire.

Thank you so much to our main sponsors, VINCI Building, and their partners Chris Bowker Ltd, Tilbury Douglas Ltd and Dalkia. Thanks to their support, every penny raised from the evening can go to benefit children in need. The funds will provide medical equipment including pulse oximeters for the Countess of Chester Hospital, sensory and distraction resources for Blackpool Victoria Hospital, and mental health support for children and young people at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

Speeches were made by John Roberts, Managing Director at VINCI Building, Brian White, Chair of Trustees at MedEquip4Kids, and Vice-Chair of Trustees, Professor Jerome Carson, who spoke to us about the profound wellbeing benefits of giving.  

Thank you so much to everyone who attended and gave so generously. In particular we’d like to thank the following companies who donated auction and raffle prizes: Warren James Jewellers, the Lowry Hotel, Asha’s and 47 Peter Street, Bretton Architectural Ltd, Blue Yonder, Alan Johnston Partnership Ltd, Hollingworth Group, Sound Interiors, Slattery’s, and Hy Hotel and Spa, Lytham St Anne’s. A special thank you to the Lowry Hotel and to our compere Ryan for putting on such a fabulous event.

Photos from the evening are available on our Flickr site. Please feel free to download any images you would like to keep.

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“The switch adapted toys have been a wonderful addition to our school. Both staff and children were thrilled to have some new exciting resources. The children love the lights and movement many of these switch toys have and are highly motivated to explore and investigate how to make them work. They have been great for pupils to develop their understanding of cause and effect and we have also noticed improved concentration and engagement when using them. Often it can be difficult to find toys that are robust enough to withstand lots of heavy use AND be interesting and fun. These new resources tick all those boxes. They have made a noticeable impact on the children’s development in this area.”

Sophie Martindale
Acorns Primary School, Lancashire

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