The Emerald Isle comes to Cheshire | Knutsford Times

The Emerald Isle comes to Cheshire

By on July 17, 2012

“IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!”…in July…!

150 guests gathered in a luxurious marquee in the grounds of the charity’s 10 acre site.  They were treated to a sparkling drinks reception in the beautiful (and very rare!) sunshine, enjoying not only bubbly but also some delicious and very apt Black Velvet cocktails!  The guests were also invited to indulge in an Irish Rock Oyster or two at the lavish Oyster Bar!!

Francs of Altrincham kept the drinks flowing and also served up a sumptuous Irish buffet which was finished off with a traditional toast with a glass of Irish Cream.  Compere Andy Ashworth kept guests entertained throughout dinner, expertly guiding them through a fantastic raffle and auction which raised an impressive £8,000!

Julia Rogers collects her prize from Julie Gray.

The charity’s newest Patrons, Noddy and Suzan Holder, were on hand to draw the raffle.  Noddy even treated the guests to a very un-seasonal “Its Christmas” much to everyone’s delight.  A special Olympic themed raffle also saw guests providing their own entertainment, they were rewarded for their efforts with £500 worth of vouchers kindly donated by Next.

Once the fundraising was over, Commotion wowed the guests with their unique blend of pop and rock with an Irish twist.  DJ Neil Bebbo kept the dancing going, keeping the guests on the dance floor until it was time to go home.

CAFT staff and volunteers: Catherine Selby, Julie Gray, Pippa Watton, Helen Crowther, Matthew Ballantyne, Marie Molnar, Tom Farrington and Peta Green.

Pippa Watton, Events Fundraiser comments: “This was our 4th Annual Summer Ball and I’m pleased to say it was a huge success!  It was such a lovely evening, we were blessed not only with the sunshine but also a room full of generous and fun guests.  The amount raised is fantastic and will help us to provide once in a lifetime opportunities to so many very special children from all over our region.  We really can’t thank our supporters enough, they are wonderful and their generosity really will change lives.”

To find out more about the Adventure Farm, their events or the ways in which you could help, visit www.caft.co.uk

Photography by Gareth Lowe.

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