THOUSANDS of pounds have been donated CatZero and another worthy cause thanks to a fund-raising ball, which was held in December last year.
A total of £7,733.80 has been split between our organisation and The Queens Centre at Castle Hill Hospital as proceeds from the revitalised Hull 36 Round Table festive dinner dance.
One of the dinner dance organisers Julie Matson explained how she and some family and friends joined up to host the event, at the Willerby Manor Hotel.
“Hull 36 Round Table had, for many years, organised an annual dinner dance for its members, family and friends. Unfortunately, over the years the membership of Round Table had diminished and in 2016 the dinner dance did not go ahead,” she explained.
“Having really missed the 2016 function I decided to try and pick up on this and organise an event for 2017. Having spoken with some key former members and also with a couple of local businessmen who were interested in raising funds for CatZero we were well on our way.
“After we all got together, it really snowballed into a full-on charity fundraiser. One of the committee members Robbie Birch was being treated for cancer at the centre and asked if we could split the funds raised between CatZero and the hospital,” said Julie.
Sadly, Robbie passed away just weeks before the event. However, despite their loss, Robbie’s family and fellow organisers knew going ahead was the right thing to do.
Organisers said the dance was a fitting tribute to their fund-raising colleague and well-known Hull man, Robbie.
Robbie and his good friend Andrew Baitson, became involved in the CatZero programme after taking part in one of our corporate sails from Hull.
Skipper Danny Watson explained how, ever since then, Robbie had taken time to support himself and the team – taking part in sails and helping to raise awareness and money.
“Robbie became a great friend to us all here and, like many who become involved, he understood the ethos of CatZero, along with our aims and ambition to help transform the lives of many,” said Danny.
Plans are already underway for the 2018 Dinner Dance, and should anyone be interested in finding out more about the event they should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org