|Earlier Fund-Raising Events|
Our fund-raising activities have also included:
Variety Show at Potters Bar
On 1st November 2003 we held a variety show at Tilbury Hall, Potters Bar. Compèred by Nick Peacock, directed by Sallianne Cornell and featuring a lot of the talent from her dance school, the event was a great success.
The show was opened by the Tilbury Strutters, all in Western costume, performing a medley of three different line dances. The youngest children from the dance school did a routine called "Cockney Kids". Where did their parents find all those flat caps and waistcoats?
In a more serious vein, we had a demonstration of the Latin American Paso Doblé, followed by a second hilarious version featuring the ladies in black shirts and trousers and their male partners in split skirts and fishnet tights. Great wiggles, shame about the football boots!
Sarah Cole and Emily Hill did an energetic and cleverly choreographed disco routine titled "Shadows", where they mirrored each other's movements. Peals of laughter were heard from the audience as they listened to Fran Thompson and Terry Kirby play two bedraggled Christmas tree fairies discussing their experiences, doing a "fairy rap", and explaining the trauma of sitting atop a Christmas Tree.
Three performers who may be well known to audiences at Chancellor's events then took the stage. Jack and Phyl Partington were joined by Frank Ducrow in a comic Egyptian "sand dance".
The younger members of the cast took over again for some disco dancing as the kids from "Fame", a routine called "It's OK" and one called "Flirt" which the dancers both choreographed and performed. Finally, in the first half, there was an impressive and energetic display of Irish dancing with "Riverdance", briefly featuring Nick Peacock as a manic Michael Flatley. After the break, "The Breakaways" took over with a medley of songs, monologues and comic dance routines.
Thanks to Sallianne and all who gave their time and energy to make this an entertaining and profitable event for the charity.
On Saturday 5th July 2003 we held a Caribbean evening at Mount Grace School, Quakers Lane, Potters Bar. Thanks to generous sponsorship by local business and the 250 people who attended, we raised over £5000 for the Trust.
The picture shows the sight that greeted the first guests to arrive. A local garden centre provided some magnificent palms and other plants to decorate the hall, and some of these were sold off during the course of the evening. Special thanks go to Robert, Nicky and Daphne who helped to set up the hall, and to Paul, Ed and Tony who had to work really hard to keep everyone supplied with drinks from the bar.
Frantic is the word to describe the activities need to transform a school hall into a room set in the Caribbean. Tall elegant palms, courtesy of Europlant, added the first bit of colour to the room. Decorations were added to the tables, with the colour of the flowers matching the helium balloons, with an end result vibrant with colour.
Fantastic prizes for our raffle were displayed on the stage, and our 'everyone a winner' tombola was placed at the door. Needless to say, as no-one could lose we soon sold out. Part way through the evening we auctioned a football signed by the cup-winning Arsenal team, and this made a sizeable contribution to the total funds raised.
Faithful supporters and friends of the trust filled the room. Apologies to those who were late in applying for tickets and were turned away, but we reached our maximum of 250 people.
Fare was provided by Mike Haye. Salads of all descriptions, hot and cold buffet and of course a choice of dishes for the veggies. Not a single complaint but many compliments.
Financially it was a most rewarding evening and more than compensated for all the time and effort it takes to make such an evening successful.
Finally, thanks to all those who provided the entertainment - the DJ, limbo dancers, and also the generous sponsors and helpers. Thanks also to those who attended the evening and who provided such a wonderful atmosphere of happiness, laughter and an obvious enjoyment of the evening.
We've had numerous calls from people asking for the date of the Caribbean evening in 2004. We're working on it!
Dances at the North Enfield Conservative Club
6th December 2002 saw our second evening of dance at the North Enfield Conservative Club. The room looked festive with its Christmas decorations and Christmas tree. This dance will be an ongoing annual event since it has proved to be a popular and profitable one for the Trust.
Vic Lawrence, a very popular local DJ, provided the music and managed to keep everyone - Ballroom, Disco, Latin American and Line dancers - dancing! Sallianne Cornell demonstrated a new line dance and people were keen to learn and add another dance to their repertoire.
Thanks to the generosity of the management of the club, and to members of the public the raffle was well stocked with prizes. The evening raised enough money for the Trust to purchase two syringe drivers for use in palliative care at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield. IT was gratifying to see so much support from local residents keen to support their local hospital.
Flora Light Challenge
Sunday 2nd September 2002 was a beautiful day and ideal conditions for this 5km fun run in Hyde Park. The race was for women only, and all sizes and shapes, professionals and amateurs, took part with the aim of completing the distance and also earning some money for their chosen charity.
Victoria and Gillian, who both work for the same City investment bank, took part to raise money for the Trust. Although Gillian has a heart condition she was determined to finish the course - walking if necessary. Victoria's mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had been treated at Barnet General Hospital. Since the Trust supports the oncology unit, Victoria expressed a wish to help us to help local people being treated in their local hospital.
Trying to spot 'our runners' among the hundreds taking part was not easy. We knew that they would not be among the first to arrive at the finishing post - neither are 'natural' runners! But they both made it. They were delighted with their achievement and very proud to present the Trust with a cheque for £2500.
Well done Victoria and Gillian! The money allowed us to furnish the chemotherapy suite at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield.
Family Fayre & Flower Show
As part of the Queens Golden Jubilee celebrations we were invited to have a stall at the Flower Show and Family Fayre held at Totteridge Green. Our 'make a garden' stall for children proved to be a significant draw, but needed several large bags of compost and boxes of plants to be carried through the muddy field! Nevertheless the day itself was sunny and dry.
Each child was provided with a large foil container with compost, a small dish to represent a pond, a choice of bedding plants, coloured stones silk flowers and toy animals. Ages ranged from about four to nine. Little fingers planted flowers, only to uproot them and place them somewhere else to achieve the grand plan. Offers of help from parents were declined in a desire to make something that was all their own work. The finished 'garden' was left with us until the end of the afternoon, when it was proudly carried home.
Overall this was a successful and fun day for families.
The Trust was the beneficiary of a Sunday lunch held by the Inner Wheel of Finchley on the 16th June 2002. The pictures show a beautifully decorated room - helium balloons, fresh flowers and table decorations.
Ninety-four people enjoyed a superbly cooked lunch of salmon, beef and every imaginable salad. The desserts were exquisite - ranging from 'dressed pineapple', though chocolate soufflés to cheesecakes and strawberries.
The trustees are most appreciative of the kindness and generosity of the ladies of the Inner Wheel and recognise the effort that it takes to make an event such as this so successful.
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