The Boot Out Breast Cancer committee has been working tirelessly to raise funds for our NHS hospitals. The most recent event was the Bollywood Ball where everyone gathered to raise funds to support hospitals up and down the UK.
The Bollywood Ball took place at The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester on the 10th of September, and guests were greeted by the atmospheric Dhol drummers, a warm welcome by the Founder and Chair Debbie Dowie and a champagne reception.
The entertainment continued with compère Hugh Ferris, violinist Lauren Charlotte, the Sonaash Dancers, and The Voice winner Kevin Simm. Mind Reader and Mentalist Mason King had everyone bewildered with his close-up table tricks. The surprise act was a Bollywood-inspired performance by the 2019 Britain’s Got Talent dance crew Boogie Storm!
Ben Mosley, the official artist for Team GB in the Olympic Games, worked throughout the evening on a one-of-a-kind painting using gold and silver leaf. As the night progressed, his image of the Manchester Town Hall came to life with touching remembrance symbols of Queen Elizabeth II. It was purchased by one lucky bidder in the live auction for a whopping £9,000.
Simon Webbe and Antony Costa of ‘Blue’ fame then took to the stage and had everyone dancing and singing, and to close the night we had the talent of DJ Spoony, former BBC Radio 1 and TV presenter, spinning the decks. It’s safe to say the Bollywood Ball was a great success and everyone had a wonderful evening!
Over 380 people attended on the night and an incredible £106,000 was raised through donations, a raffle, silent and live auctions, and pledges. With all the other fundraising Boot Out Breast Cancer has done this year, we have so far raised £168,000!
A 2-Minute Silence for Her Majesty the Queen
This year was a little different due to the sad loss of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II. The committee carefully considered all the options and after much deliberation decided that the Bollywood Ball would go ahead and that a 2-minute silence would be observed at the start of the event, followed by everyone standing to the National Anthem to welcome King Charles III to the throne. Deepest respects were paid by all who attended.
This Bollywood ball has helped us to reach the magnificent sum of almost £1.37 million. We are in total awe of how amazing the evening was, from the decoration, the food, and the entertainment and we are already planning the Diamond Ball for 2023!
We want to thank everyone for their continued support and very generous donations. We couldn’t do it without you!