Touching Lives - April 2014
Action on the social scene
A series of glitzy fundraising events saw Action round off 2013 in superb style, with some fantastic amounts of money being raised.
Our Champions of CycleSport Dinner in November, supported by Wiggle, was a night to remember, raising more than £185,000 to help sick babies and children.
We again attracted some of the biggest names on two wheels – none more so than surprise guest and cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy. Britain’s most successful ever Olympian was joined by a host of fellow Champions, including Chris Boardman MBE, Sir Dave Brailsford CBE, Jody Cundy MBE, Sean Kelly, Roger Hammond, Ross Edgar, Andy Tennant, Yanto Barker and rising star on the women’s racing scene, Hannah Barnes.
BBC commentator Simon Brotherton hosted a live auction, sponsored by Frog Bikes, which featured some fabulous lots for cycling enthusiasts, such as VIP Tour de France tickets, a signed Pinarello Dogma 2 Team Sky bike and chances to join professional riders out on the road.
Action was also at the heart of the social scene north of the border in November, with our two Killer Heels and Cocktails events held in Aberdeen and Glasgow. These sell-out events are now our biggest Scottish fundraisers of the year and together raised more than £107,000.
The dazzling Aberdeen edition, which has enjoyed huge success in just three years, saw entertainment from surprise salsa dancers, party band The Bogus Brothers and Michael Bublé tribute singer Paul Black.
The glamorous Glasgow event was hosted by presenter, journalist and author Martel Maxwell, with entertainment from popular Scottish comedy actor Karen Dunbar and singer Edward Reid.
In Northern Ireland, former Formula One World Champion Damon Hill OBE was special guest at the Celebration of Motorsport Dinner. The event, sponsored by BDO Northern Ireland, has become a highlight on Belfast’s social scene, recently raising £22,000.
Finally, the lovely Davina McCall again entertained 300 ladies at her sell-out Dine with Davina lunch in Southampton. The TV star was joined by Martin Fry of ‘80s pop band ABC who got everybody up and dancing to the band’s classic hits.
Davina also donated a pair of Christian Louboutin heels and a dress for the auction, helping the event raise £28,000. You could join Davina when she gets on her bike for us again at the Davina’s DIVA Sussex ride on Sunday 11 May.