The brand new Bond film Skyfall… £10,500 raised for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

November 2, 2012

Following the success of our private screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s earlier this year, we hosted our second cinema event on 1 November 2012 to raise funds for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland (formerly Ulster Cancer Foundation), our nominated charity of the year…

We hired the largest cinema screen in the Odyssey Cinemas Belfast for a private screening of the new James Bond film “Skyfall”. All 450 tickets for the event were sold weeks before the event and guests included clients, friends and family as well as many supporters of the charity.

Guests were welcomed on a red carpet and to a drinks reception on arrival. There was a great buzz over who had made the effort to dress up in a bid to win one of our “Best Dressed” spot prizes. To our delight there were plenty of tuxes and dresses and we even had a Pussy Galore and Ernst Blofeld complete with furry cat!

Once everyone was seated in the cinema complete with goodie bag, John Daly was introduced to host the raffle. We had some excellent raffle prizes from our generous sponsors Adrenalin Karting, Race School Ireland, Aer Lingus, Ted Baker London, House of Fraser, Galgorm Resort & Spa, Culloden Hotel, Deanes at Queens, Fitzwilliam Hotel, Culloden Hotel, Salty Dog Bangor, Belfast Giants, Molton Brown, W5, Dundonald IceBowl, TM Lewin, Drumbo Park, Holywood Golf Club, Hotel Chocolat, Odyssey Cinemas, Parsons Hire, Jason Shankey and Hair Traffic.

We would also like to thank our other sponsors who helped make the night possible, Corish Productions, MMK Express, Triplicate and Coca-Cola.

Including gift aid, we raised just over £10,500 on the night, of which at least £8000 of will go directly to the charity once costs have been paid!.

All profits raised on the night are for the charity’s “Zest for Life Programme”. This is a 6 week programme facilitated by a Counsellor from Cancer Focus Northern Ireland and is designed for those people who are on a survival and recovery period in their cancer journey, and to help enhance their physical and mental health.

We have been fortunate enough to speak with some of the Counsellors running the programme and as well as recovering cancer patients who have participated in the programme. The benefits of the programme and the positive effects that it has on recovering patients and their families cannot be underestimated.

It costs £6,000 to run the Zest for Life Programme for 6 weeks. Through-out the year everyone in our firm has been working hard to raise money and to date we have raised over £16,000 from a combination of our cinema nights, coffee mornings, bake sales, marathons and bike races. Thanks to our fundraising efforts, the Zest for Life Programme is now also being offered to patients in Londonderry.

On behalf of our firm and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland , we would like to thank everyone for the generosity that was shown on the night, and indeed throughout the year at our various fundraising events.