RecAid tops £10,000

The wet weather did nothing to dampen the spirits at the Paramount Club last Friday night, when over two hundred people turned out to launch RecAid.  Steve Halford chaired a lively auction, with holidays, drink and a cricket bat signed by the England team among the items for sale: the bat is now very probably priceless.  Andrew Wilkinson, Mark Horley, and three Simons (Barrow, Bolton and Howard) also went under the hammer for varying sums; we will attempt to bring you news of how wise and valuable these investments turn out to be. 

There were also speeches: Simon Barrow (a former Barkers CEO and "father of the employer brand") lamented the Barkers debacle and reminisced about earlier, happier times; Jon Dobinson then described the extraordinary surge of generosity and enthusiasm sparked by RecAid and spoke movingly about sending help and support to all who need it, in association with NABS.  DJs Stephen Dix and John Whitehurst shared the decks - and the applause, after Dixy was persuaded to drop his traditional opening number: a fifteen minute version of Rock the Kasbah.

The RecAid total now stands at just over £10,000, of which £8,000 was raised at the Paramount.  It's a great start but there's a long way to go.  Already there are plenty of ideas for other events and many offers of help, as well as donations arriving at the RecAid website.  Get in touch and get involved - click here.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

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Anonymous Date: Jul 22, 2009

stewards

Anonymous Date: Jul 22, 2009

Is anybody asking Penna to make a donation?

Jim Derrick Date: Jul 24, 2009

A big thank you to all the organisers for an excellent evening.

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RecAid tops £10,000