Endless Possibilities

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

Saturday 9th March 2013 saw the 7th Annual Kingfisher Charity Ball held by The Kingfisher Community Special School. An iconic event in the school’s calendar, the ball aims to raise vital funds for the school alongside reflecting on the previous year.

Held at The White Hart Inn, Lydgate, Web Applications UK went along to the event for the first time and we had a ball (if you’ll excuse the pun). We were joined by representatives from the school and various local businesses including Housing Units, The Fire Service, Greater Manchester Police Service and Royton Minibuses.

Upon arrival, we were greeted with a champagne reception and given the opportunity to bid in the silent auction, writing our bids down on paper. Over twelve prizes were on offer including a signed Steven Gerrard England football shirt, a snooker cue signed by Steve Davies, a signed Oldham Athletic shirt and pieces of artwork created by the pupils at Kingfisher. Many of our party had a bid and Craig was a winner bagging himself an England football match day pendant signed by various England players including Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney!

After a few snaps from the paparazzi, we made our way into the room for the evening where we indulged in a delicious three course meal. Throughout the night, we were entertained by singer Andy Powell, giving us a great mix of good food and entertainment.

The fundraising continued throughout the night with a ‘donate a note’ raffle and Naomi winning 6 tickets to The Frog and Bucket Comedy Store. There was also a lucky dip tub, allowing you to put your hand into the box in exchange for a small donation. We all had a go of this, and were extremely happy with our prizes that included a box of chocolates, sweets, a notepad and some pens.

One of the highlights of the evening was a speech from Headteacher Anne Redmond who spoke about the achievements of the students at Kingfisher over the past year. She began by thanking everyone for their continued support, giving particular thanks to the teachers and governors at the school. The theme of the ball this year was creativity and Anne played a short video to demonstrate this. We were able to see the accomplishments of the children and their ability to create and explore through learning. As a thank you for the support, every business who attended the event received a framed piece of artwork made by the students at the school.

The most anticipated part of the evening followed the speech, a live auction with TV presenter John Stapleton. Up for grabs in this auction was a range of incredible prizes including a day out with Greater Manchester Police, 2 VIP tickets to see Robbie Williams, a signed Robin van Persie shirt, 2 one on one sessions with magician Peter Owen and a day out with Greater Manchester Fire Service. John did a great job of drumming up excitement over the prizes and thousands of pounds were raised!

The night ended with a disco and music from band Area-D playing a range of classics from Mr Brightside to Chelsea Dagger. At one point, everyone stood up on their chairs, swinging their red napkins about, really getting into the spirit of things.

All in all, it was a great way to celebrate the fantastic achievements of Kingfisher and a lovely way to see the local community coming together to support the great cause. The next Kingfisher Charity Ball is on Saturday 22nd March 2014 so be sure to save the date!