Mitie’s annual Charity Ball has raised an impressive £32,000 for two cancer charities – CLIC Sargent and Beatson Cancer Charity.
Now in its fourth year, the black tie event – held on Saturday 13 May at the Gailes Hotel in Irvine – saw 250 people come together for an evening of entertainment and fundraising. Through a grand prize draw and auction, funded by Mitie’s suppliers’ and sub-contractors’ generous donations, just over £32,000 was raised on the evening.
Prior to the ball, Mitie employees were polled for their choice of charities to benefit from the funds and the following charities were selected:
CLIC Sargent – an organisation that provides vital emotional, practical, and financial support to young cancer patients and their families, during and after treatment.
Beatson Cancer Charity – an organisation that is committed to securing significant funding to support and enhance the treatment, care and well-being of current, former and future cancer patients and their families.
The lead organiser for the event was Jackie Long, Projects co-ordinator at Mitie, who has a special connection with The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre as it is where she was treated for cancer of the throat and mouth. Her treatment was so gruelling it caused her to lose part of her tongue and she had to undergo speech therapy to learn to speak again. Determined to give something back to charitable causes relating to cancer, she teamed up with colleague, Raymond Murray, Area Director for Mitie in Scotland & Northern Ireland, along with other charity committee members, to organise the first Ball in 2014.
Since launching, the event has raised more than £100,000 for various cancer charities.
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