WOW!  Where to begin? There are no words to adequately describe how magnificent your generosity was this weekend.

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that as a result of your kindness at the Wear It Red event, you’ve helped to raise over £9,000 (£9,170 at the time of writing) towards helping Anthony Westbrook gain greater independence and mobilty.

The room was packed to the brim with family and friends who were keen to show their support for Anthony.  With every seat taken and all standing room taken, the atmosphere in the room was both celebratory and jubilant as families joined together to make a night of it in Anthony’s honour.

The clubhouse was a vision of red clothing and accessories! The vibe was good and it was wonderful to see so many people come together, especially during January when many are watching their monthly spend given the current economic climate and with Christmas barely 2 weeks past.

If ever there was a moment of togetherness and a passion to help someone in need, this was it. Your sence of community totally shone through.

Thank you so much for your kindness & generosity – you’re all amazing!

We were fortunate to have the pleasure of Anthony’s company for a little while when he joined us by video link from hospital.  Amongst all the entertainment and fun throughout the evening, this was a particularly special moment, both for Anthony and everyone attending the fundraiser, and we were very happy to see him… wearing red of course!

 

Eyes Down, Spirits Up

There was bingo, when the room fell silent and the concentration levels of avid bingo players in the room was quite a sight to behold. The bingo caller adding a few bursts of song along the way. Maybe we could add ‘Name That Tune’ to the games played at the next fundraiser?!

There were several attempts at Play Your Cards Right which had everyone in the room shouting ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ before one lucky winner took home £120 more than they came with!

Over 60 prizes were generously donated to the raffle with bottles of spirits and wines and cash prizes a plenty.

And the auction? Well, that certainly surpassed all our expectations.  We were overwhelmed by the response for auction prize donations, you excelled yourselves – they really were incredible.

With fantastic prizes including a variety of Man Utd memorabilia and more, the bids kept getting higher and higher. Going once… going twice… and sold.

In total, the auction raised an astonishing £3,460!

Congratultions to all the lucky bidders who took home either a piece of history or an experience to enjoy during 2024. Below are the auction prizes and what the successful bid was:

  • 2 MAN UTD v LIVERPOOL FC tickets for 6 April: £370
  • Man UTD shirt signed by… Sir Bobby Charlton: £200
  • Signed West Indies 2007 Cricket World Cup Shirt: £250
  • 7 days FREE static caravan holiday at Haven Lakeland’s leisure park in Flookburgh, Cumbria: £350
  • FREE VW Camper Van hire for a week: £700
  • Framed & signed photo of Pele: £180
  • Framed & signed 1999 Man Utd Champions League team photo: £200
  • Signed Michael Owen shirt: £250
  • Original artwork of George Best by a local artist: £160
  • Original artwork of Eric Cantona by a local artist: £340
  • £600 voucher towards house sale conveyancing by LHT Solicitors: £300
  • Chanel No 5 perfume… the perfect Valentine’s gift: £160

 

A Message From Anthony

“A big thank you to Neal for all his hard work and to everyone for supporting me.”

 

And Finally…

A very, very big THANK YOU to all the volunteers especially Neal Hudson, Andy Cash, John Oxley and Mick Cash who did a fantastic job organising the fundraiser, and also to you – our supporters and donors – for your incredible contributions, gifts and kindness.

Your fundraising erfforts and generosity will make a huge difference to Anthony’s quality of life.

 

To Be Continued…

We’re hoping to plan another fundraiser later in the year, to see if we can reach that much needed total of £13,000.  Watch this space!

Between now and then, donations are most welcome and can continue to be made via Anthony’s Go Fund Me Page which remains open:

 

Thank you!

 

Find Out More

You can find out more about Anthony’s journey here.