Methodist Action (North West) Ltd were delighted to welcome 90 guests to their April Fools’ Ball on 1st April at the Preston Marriott Hotel. This really did proved to be a fun-packed evening with something for everyone. After walking up the red carpet, guests were invited to have a picture in the Silly Selfie Mirror. Local Caricaturist Chris Knapman was on hand to draw guests throughout the evening and kindly chose to donate 100% of all proceeds to the charity. Magic was also provided by magician Mr Jolly.
The evening was hosted by Stuart Michaels who kept everyone highly amused throughout the evening and also provided the vocals and disco. The raffles games and auction offered some amazing prizes which had been generously donated by local businesses and supporters of the charity.
CEO of Methodist Action, Stephen Hetherington said: I am so grateful to everyone who supported the charity on Saturday night; It was wonderful to see so many people enjoying themselves whilst raising essential funds for the vital services that the charity provides to the homeless and rootless across Lancashire. ‘
Whilst the emphasis of the evening was on having lots of fun, it was also important to remind guests of the reason behind the event. In order to do this, the charity linked up with UClan to hold a competition which saw for students create a film to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness. The winning film was introduced by the film’s producers during the evening to what proved to be a captivated audience.
Stephen Hetherington said ‘The engagement with the students at UCLan is so important to the ethos of the Charity – we want to encourage growth and development in our service users and equally in those engaged in helping the Charity. The issue of availability and affordability of homes for the younger generations is becoming more acute and therefore it is important that the Charity encourages these young people to engage in debate, discussion and action about this and related issues so they can be a part of the solution in the future.’
Following on from the success of the Ball, plans are already underway for a whole host of future events and fundraising activities.