Spencer Group, the Multi-disciplinary Engineering Company based in Hull, had a resounding turn out at their charity fundraising ball on 29th May.
The ball was held in the Kingston Suite at the KC Stadium in Hull, with over 250 people in attendance, and raised a fantastic total of £6,035.98 in aid of the Railway Children charity. The event was part of a greater fundraising campaign for Railway Children, which also involves a team of eight from Spencer Group attempting the gruelling Three Peaks Challenge by Rail, an event organised by the charity that takes place from 18th – 20th June.
Introductions from Blair Jacobs, local communications expert, Charlie Spencer and David McLoughlin, Spencer Group’s Executive Chairman and CEO respectively, were followed by a three-course gala dinner and entertainment throughout the evening from Hull Magician’s Circle, tribute band Ordinary Men and casino tables manned by Beverley Round Table. A raffle offered guests opportunities to win an array of fantastic prizes, including corporate sports tickets, a Humber sailing experience and a signed, limited edition framed print by Jack Vettriano. A photo booth also gave guests the opportunity to grab a souvenir photo of the night.
David McLoughlin, Spencer Group CEO and member of the Three Peaks Challenge team, said: “Railway Children is an amazing charity and to be able to raise money for them, while participating in an experience of a lifetime, is a great honour.”
“We originally set out to raise £7,000 but after the Ball, we’ve now smashed our target and exceeded £10,000! We’ve still got two weeks to go and fund raising won’t be stopping here – we’ll keep going until the very last day.”
Spencer Group Design Engineer and organiser of the Ball, Richard Caley, said: “The Ball was a huge success and I can’t thank everyone enough for showing their support and making the night such a great occasion. The whole night was so entertaining! The magicians circled the tables during the night doing some incredible magic tricks and the live music from the Ordinary Men was brilliant. I hope everyone had as great a time as I did!”
All members of Spencer Group’s Three Peaks Challenge team have been getting in the fundraising spirit. Sophie Burgess, Administrative Assistant, put on a Bake Sale at the head office in Hull, Construction Manager, Wayne Gammon, has been organising guided walks for Spencer Group staff and their friends across Yorkshire, while Jon Lee, Senior Design Engineer, also put his support to the fundraising campaign by donating monies raised from his TangoHull annual tea dance. The team is also accepting sponsorship via their designated Virgin Money Giving web page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/DavidMcLoughlin1.
The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales – which is estimated to be the equivalent of three half marathons – with a special train taking you between each. The mountains that the team will climb are: Snowdon, located in Snowdonia National Park in Gwrnedd, Wales; Scafell Pike, located in the Lake District, England and finally, the tallest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis, located in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William.
The Railway Children Charity, provide protection and opportunity for homeless children that have nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to. A child runs away from home every 5 minutes in the UK – Railway Children aims to help by getting to these children before they suffer poverty, violence, abuse and neglect. They have helped over 126,000 street children in the last five years.