by VHL UK/Ireland
On Friday 26th September, over 230 guests gathered at the Holiday Inn West in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire for the VHL Disease and Cancer Research Masquerade Party!
The event proved a huge success with over £6000 raised on the night, to be split between both charities.
Graham Lovitt, Co-Chair of VHL UK/Ireland was overwhelmed by the support shown, saying "I would like to add my sincere thanks to Vixstar for making a fabulous evening to over 230 people. The sum of money raised for the charity completely exceeded my expectations as well as, perhaps more importantly, raising awareness of the rare VHL."
The event offered guests a three course meal with arrival drinks, with plenty to do on the night. This included a raffle with prizes for everyone, from Chanel fragrances to hair and beauty vouchers to premium whiskey (all prizes were generously donated by individuals and businesses). The silent auction saw top prizes such as £500 worth of Benefit makeup, signed football merchandise (from Liverpool to Chelsea, there was something for every supporter), celebrity chef dining, experience days and even holidays!
As an extra way of fundraising, there were handmade VHL disease wine glass charms and confectionery gifts. There was also a chance for guests to purchase VHL pin badges, t-shirts and vests, raising an extra £130 on the night.
Many businesses and individuals came forward to donate time to attend the event, such as a photographer and candy floss vendor, the decorations were also generously donated. Over 20 tables were also sponsored by businesses throughout the country.
Speeches were given on behalf of both charities, with Roxanne Bonin taking the opportunity to raise awareness of VHL disease, a condition that many guests may not have been fully aware of.
VHL UK/Ireland would like to thank Victoria Faulkes- Arnold and her team at Vixstar Events (a team of volunteers who raise money for charities through events) for the time and effort put into place for the event, and to all guests who supported the evening. Most of all we are grateful for being given the opportunity as one of the chosen charities, not only to raise much-needed funds, but also to raise awareness.