Annual black tie ball breaks fundraising record with huge £66,000 total

A black tie ball held in Glasgow has raised £66,738 for children and young people with cancer – smashing the previous total by more than £10,000.

Annual black tie ball breaks fundraising record with huge £66,000 total

The event

The CLIC Sargent annual ball was held at the Glasgow Marriott Hotel on Saturday 5 March and saw more than 300 guests attend for a dinner and charity auction. 

Welcomed by host Edward Reid, guests enjoyed a champagne reception and then a three-course dinner, before the Glasgow Ball Committee Chairperson Janice Logan gave a welcoming address.

A charity auction was held, with spectacular lots including a Davis Cup shirt signed by Andy Murray, VIP tickets to T in the Park and luxury international hotel stays.

A separate silent auction was then held, with lots including a two-night stay in the Budapest Marriott, tickets to see Bryan Adams in the Scottish Sun's private box at the Hydro, and a diamond pendant from Hodgkinson's Jewellers.

A prize draw was also held, with lucky winners taking home a Ralph Lauren handbag, a four-by-four driving experience and much more. 

One special guest at the evening was John Logan, whose daughter Niamh was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was just two years old.  

He told the audience about the support his family received from CLIC Sargent, through a CLIC Sargent Social Worker, a stay at the charity's Home from Home in Glasgow, and free holidays to Malcolm Sargent House.

The crowd cheered and applauded upon hearing that Niamh is doing well and will turn nine later this year.

Thank you

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Rachael Mclean said: "We are just blown away by the fantastic total which has been raised by this very special event.

"We are so grateful for the generosity of everyone who came and showed such support for young cancer patients, and their families. 

"We would like to thank our host Edward Reid, auctioneer Willie Patterson and the Glasgow Events Committee for bringing the event together. 

"Our fantastic team of volunteers from Lloyds, Bank of Scotland and Barclays for helping make the day run so smoothly. Of course we would also like to thank our event sponsors V.Ships, Clifton Dental Practice and Distinction Health and Beauty."

Scotland Homes from Home Appeal

Last year the inaugural Black Tie Ball, held in memory of Kathryn Logan, raised £55,000 towards CLIC Sargent's Home from Home Appeal.

Since that event, a new Home from Home, Marion's House, has opened in Glasgow near the relocated children's hospital.

The home provides free accommodation for families while their child is undergoing treatment for cancer, helping them spend more time together and minimising the emotional and financial costs.

The £3million appeal is ongoing, as the charity also plans to relocate its current Home from Home in Edinburgh, CLIC Villa, when the Edinburgh Sick Children’s Hospital is due to move site.

This year the ball celebrated 10 years of CLIC Sargent and funds raised will enable the charity to continue providing much needed support to children and young people and their families.

Currently the charity can only support two out of every three children and young people with cancer. However, its 10 year plan, called Aiming High, will see CLIC Sargent strive to one day reach everyone.

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event to support children and young people with cancer, and their families, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Rachael Mclean on 0141 572 5706 or by email: rachael.mclean@clicsargent.org.uk.

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