Charity event raises record £65,000

A record-breaking £65,000 has been raised for Cancer Research UK following the 2003 Broomstick Ball.

Arranged by Deirdre McManus, London manager of secured lending at Bristol & West, some 390 industry professionals gathered at the London Marriott Hotel last Wednesday for a glitzy auction evening.

Channel 5 TV presenter Jonny Gould acted as master of ceremonies and chief auctioneer at the event alongside former England fast bowler Gladstone Small. Mortgage industry luminaries bid for prizes including a weekend driving a Ferrari, a skiing holiday for four in Colorado and sporting memorabilia including a signed Chelsea FC shirt and a cricket ball signed by the England team.

Last week&#39s event was the fourth Broomstick Ball and the third held in conjunction with Cancer Research UK.

Kate Thomas, events fund-raiser at Cancer Research UK, says: “The night was a great success. We have seen the amounts raised from this event continue to grow.”

McManus adds: “There were 210 people last year so to get 390 was fantastic. We would like to say a big thank you to Mortgage Strategy for providing its free advertisement prize and for its support for the event.”