Lowry Costume Ball Raises 16k for Maggie’s

After the great success of its inaugural ball last year, on 10th March the Lowry Hotel once again played host to a Grand Costume ball in aid of Maggie’s Centres Manchester. Over 100 people attended and the ball helped to raise 16k for Maggie’s.

Supported by media partner Didsbury Magazine, the Ball was inspired by a true historic event in 1828 when some of Manchester’s wealthiest gentry attended an extravagant ball to raise money for charity.

On arrival guests were treated like royalty walking up a red carpet complete with 19th Century footmen. Over an aperitif, a Court jester kept the guests amused before they moved into the dining room. It was great to see so many people had taken on the costumer ball theme. There were tights, heels and frilly neckerchiefs on show and that was just the men!

After taking a seat, guests were welcomed by Paul Sleem, the compare throughout the evening. Three delicious courses later and the evening was certainly in full flow as Paul had the whole room up dancing in unison. At one point there was even a special guest who was on hand to teach the guests some more traditional dance moves, befitting of the occasion!

homes4u owner and MD Carolyn Mellor sits on the board of Maggie’s Manchester. Carolyn, who was one of the main organisers of this year’s event and was also there to enjoy the evening commented, “I was overwhelmed to see all the fabulous costumes which made the night so special and thanks to the Royal Exchange Costume Hire for supplying many of them. Paul Sleem had everyone up dancing before the main course which paints a picture of how the night progressed! Huge thanks must go out as well to all those people whose generosity made it such a successful event for Maggie’s and the Lowry Hotel.”

Once the evening was underway we took a break from dancing time to auction away some fabulous prizes with all the proceeds going to Maggie’s. From meals and overnight stays at the Lowry Hotel to Britney Spears concert tickets there really was something for all tastes.

Board member Janine Cottingham said, “We are delighted so many people had such great fun and raised such a great amount of money. Maggie’s has helped so many of my friends and family so it’s a big thank-you to everyone who helped.”

After the dancing and the auction had finished, carriages were then on hand to take people back to reality at the end of a fantastic night, however there were no glass slippers left behind in this grand ball story. Not only was the evening a lot of fun, over 16k was raised for Maggie’s, a great success all round!

Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.