• Rainbow House Las Vegas Ball raises £50,000

    The Rainbow House Las Vegas Ball held at the Guild Hall, Preston on 19 November raised £50,000 for the conductive education charity based in Mawdesley, Lancashire.

    After enjoying a welcome drink on arrival, 300 guests sat down to a three course dinner followed by live entertainment from Dance with Passion and the fabulous “Elvis Presley” alias Steve Halliday.

    Auction prizes included a shooting package on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors; Four tickets to the IAAF World Paraathletic Championships 2017; Fine dining for 10 at Farington Lodge; a day at the Northcote Cookery School; an Executive Box for 10 at Preston North End; a 10 day holiday at a villa in Cyprus; two tickets for the 2017 Open Championships at Royal Birkdale and artwork by Clare Wright; whilst one lucky lady, Joanne McCallum from Bretherton  won a pair of diamond earrings donated by HSBC for the Diamond Draw.

    Prizes in an interactive silent auction, where guests could bid on an ipad on the tables, included an ipad, Tefal Actifry, FitBit, Children’s electric car, Children’s electric jeep, BMX bike, Prada sunglasses, hamper and signed book from Hilary Devey, signed Everton football, signed  David Spikey book, Russell Watson goody bag, signed Phil Collins tour programme, signed Mary Berry receipe book , two VIP hospitality tickets at Preston North End, Preston North End season ticket, one night stay for 2 at Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, four tickets for Great Expecatations at Blackpool Opera house and a signed Twiggy ladies top.

    There was also a raffle with over 70 prizes from snuggle blankets and hampers to spa days, wine and chocolates. During the evening Rainbow House launched their new dvd which captured the work they do and the benefits to the both those who take part in the conductive education programme and their families.  The dvd was made by Sam Budd with music by permission of Francis Rockcliffe.

    The event was supported by C2V+ and Ward and Burke.  Darren Hynes, Operations Director of C2V+ said: “As a growing business, it is important that we take the time to support charitable organisations and give something back to the local community.  To fit with our North West based sites, we were looking for a charity which is local to the region which we could partner for the next year.

    “I visited Rainbow House earlier this year and there was a beautiful young girl walking towards me independently for the first time.  As a father I was so emotional and moved at the really good work this charity delivers on a daily basis to those in need. Partnering Rainbow House means we can give back to the local community and get all our sites involved in events and fundraising and provide much needed support to a fantastic organisation. So far we have supported the Rainbow Ramble, taken part in Total Warrior, worked on the grounds at the charity, held team building days whilst refreshing their gardens, along with supporting the Las Vegas Ball with one our partners, Ward and Burke. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Rainbow House.”

    Carole Cochrane, Chief Executive, Rainbow House, said “Our thanks go to C2V+ and Ward & Burke for their fantastic support and to the Event Committee, entertainers and everyone who has donated prizes and their time to make the evening so successful but especially  to all the guests for helping raise such a fantastic amount.”