Burns Night celebration serves up £2,000 for Seashell Trust

Burns night party raises £2,000 for Seashell Trust

A Burns Night supper at Emmanuel Church Hall in Didsbury raised £2,000.

Some 75 guests enjoyed a night of Scottish traditions in aid of Seashell Trust

Co-organiser Fiona Armstrong Hall, of Pine Road, Didsbury, said: “Several guests were in kilts, all were wearing some tartan. Gerry Montgomery addressed the haggis - without notes! It was fabulous. We also had brilliant speeches from Dave Bott - toast to the lassies, Jill Rennison gave reply from the lassies and the toast to the immortal memory came from Dr Sue Hyde.”

Dominic Tinner, Head of Fundraising at Seashell Trust, said: “Because many of our young people find it hard to get around independently, bikes are very important to them. Not only can they travel around more easily but they are great for keeping fit and improving balance and co-ordination. Many of our children are also on a great deal of medication so regular exercise is critical to help their bodies deal with that.”

Fiona added: “Dominic is inspirational! When he showed us round the trust he explained he was trying to buy more bikes, so we wanted to help. Not many of the guests had heard of Seashell Trust before the supper, but Dominic did a wonderful job and inspired people to give generously. The donations to the raffle were exceptionally generous. I am overwhelmed we raised over £2,000.”