190 people attended the Sydney Mitchell Charity Ball held at the National Conference Centre on 6 October 2023, raising £7,500 for its two nominated local charities: Solihull Carers Trust and Parenting Mental Health. Our chosen charities seek to provide help and support to both young and old.
Paul Martin, Magic Circle magician and compere for the evening, hosted a very entertaining night, with heartwarming speeches from Brandon Scott-Omenka, CEO of the Solihull Carers Trust and Suzanne Anderson, founder of Parenting Mental Health.
It was an extraordinary evening of spectacular magic and fun, plus music from Under the Sun with ‘fun money’ casino, tops and tails plus an auction and raffle with lots of wonderful prizes donated by local businesses. Thank you to the Sydney Mitchell army of raffle ladies and gentlemen for giving their time during the evening to sell tickets.
The National Motorcycle Museum and Frances Newman of Pellier Noir / Smile Events also donated a percentage of sales from the event to the charities. Over £5000 was raised from the various activities on the night in addition to the monies raised from ticket sales. Prizes were generously donated by contacts and local businesses namely the National Conference Centre, Ashas, Copt Heath Golf Club, A J Gallagher Insurance Brokers, Nuthurst Grange Hotel, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Precious Nails & Shiny Lashes, Mybody Fit, Perfect Personnel, Uban Body Physio, Touchwood, Sydney Mitchell LLP, Tudor Grange, Smart Business Recovery, Unleased Beauty, Katie & Co. Pertemps, Isis Conveyancing, Solihull Summer Fest and Teresa Mannion of Sydney Mitchell.
A special thank you to Dave Radburn who presented a table at the Solihull Sporting Society Christmas Luncheon Event and to Jack Grealish for signing an England Shirt for the silent auction. A lovely donation of £150 from Poppleton & Appleby also added to the coffers on the night.
Thank you also to Eastcote Wealth Management and Thomas & Young who successfully bid for the sporting event table and to Dean Elsmore winning bidder for the England Shirt.
Brandon Scott-Omenka, CEO of the Solihull Carers Trust and Suzanne Anderson, founder of Parenting Mental Health, both driving forces behind their charities, explained more about their passion for making a difference to both young and old alike.
Brandon was proud to share that in his eight years at the helm, the charity has grown to 4660 carers in the community from 2000 registered carers and are thankful for the efforts of their staff and the selfless support the volunteers give. Many who give their time to the charity are retired NHS professionals; continuing to support and help others in their time of need.
Suzanne, with her very emotional speech, had the audience choked with her personal story of how she founded the charity based on her own experiences of parenting and partnering her own daughter through depression and anxiety. Parenting Mental Health supports more than 40,000 parents around the world 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.
Both charities thanked Sydney Mitchell for hosting the Charity Ball and for all businesses who provided raffle and auction prizes and for everyone who attended on the night for their generosity.
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