Francis House Children’s Hospice ‘Fire and Ice’ charity ball
PUBLISHED: 00:00 12 February 2019
It was a red-hot evening of fun as friends, supporters and staff of Francis House children’s hospice enjoyed a Christmas ball at The Mere Golf Resort and Spa.
Francis House Ball
Darren Proctor, Jake Quickenden and Lucy Thompson Francis House events manager
Fuzzy Goose fashion show at the Francis House Ladies Lunch 2018
Guests at the Francis House Ladies Lunch 2018
Andrea Brookshaw, Asma Yasin, Jake Quickenden, Fiona Sweeney, Louise Elliott at the Francis House Ladies Lunch 2018
Angela Mansell, Clare Hill, Colette Collins, Maxine Crawley at the Francis House Ladies Lunch 2018
Jake Quickenden performs at the Francis House Ladies Lunch 2018
Francis House mums Fauzia Hussain, Asma Yasin, Fiona Sweeney, Andrea Brookshaw at the Francis House Ladies Lunch 2018
Auctioneer, Thomas Forrester, with Sarah Powell, M.C. for the evening, Lucy Thompson, the event manager, and Revd. David Ireland, CEO of Francis House
Richard and Angela Methurst with Kristina Holmes and Andy Hanlon
Julie, Ben and Dalya Chatzkelson
Emma McLaughlin and Jemma Burgess
Fran Smith, Steven Johnstone and Harriet Smith
Sarah and Mark Quinn, Jude Heald, James Royle, Thea Barrett, Alan Berry, Gemma Royle and Ray Heald
Lisa Donnelly and David Goodwin
Deb Taylor, Tracy Scott, Jeanette Jacques and Estelle Frith
Carl Sellars, Clare Sarjeant, Kristina Holmes and Andy Hanlon
Sharon Mather, Claire Hampson and Sarah Barlow
Johnand Yasmin Swindells with Catharine Mather and Lee Salsbury
Karen Bradley and Andy Slater
Michelle Archer with Caren Sweiss, Susan Guest and Jackie Anderson
Libdsey and Neil Pyatt with Bill and Jo Clynes
Sara Pearson, Jill Kimber and Tracy Royle
June Powell and Lynne Heslip
Ball committee members; Carol Geary, Jill Kimber, Lucy Thompson and Clare Boyle
Clare Boyle, Matt and Melanie Haisley, Lorna Stockwood, Mark Boyle, Nadia Nasir and John Dyson
Nadia Nasir and Amir Quaiyoom
Lydia Murphy and Harriet Carroll
Jackie Owens, Karen Graves, Joyce Pitt, Karen Flavell and Kate Houghton
‘Fire and Ice’ was the theme and over 450 guests were greeted by flame machines, white carpets, dramatic red centrepieces and stunning visual pyrotechnics.
The evening, hosted by Sarah Powell, began with a drinks reception and three-course meal, followed by auctioneer Thomas Forrester of television’s Bargain Hunt whipping up excitement with the opportunity to bid on a number of superb auction prizes.The ball generated an incredible £100k to help the Didsbury-based hospice provide care and support to the families of children and young adults with life-limiting conditions around the North West region.
Entertainment consisted of a duo of singing firemen from Divas in Disguise who had guests dancing along to their rendition of Disco Inferno.
After dinner, the party band, Soul Brothers, performed Motown and soul hits from the 70s and 80s, keeping the dance floor full until the early hours of Saturday morning.