Ladies Lunch Raises Thousands

11 December 2018

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity hosted its annual Christmas lunch, Sparkle in the City, raising an incredible £50,000 towards the hospital’s iMRI Scanner Appeal.

Held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, the event was sponsored by Selfridges & Co Manchester and hosted by BBC Radio Manchester Presenter, Chelsea Norris who welcomed 240 guests on the day.

Guests were treated with fabulous gifts, entertainment from Girl on Sax, May Crick, swing and jazz singer Cole Page and legendary Manchester DJ Clint Boon. As well as a festive fashion show from fashion retailer Selfridges & Co. guests also had the opportunity to do some Christmas present shopping from Selfridges’ boutique festive stalls.

Long-standing Charity Patron and Coronation Street star, Antony Cotton, surprised guests when he arrived to announce some amazing prizes up for grabs in the auction including a private Bali Luxury Villa holiday and both Manchester United FC and Manchester City FC signed Christmas baubles and hospitality packages.

All money raised at the event will go towards the charity’s £4million iMRI Scanner Appeal to raise funds to purchase a suite of state-of-the-art intra-operative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (iMRI) scanning equipment that will revolutionise neurological surgical care at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Every year, thousands of children and young people from across the region come to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for specialist neurological treatment, many of which will require complex brain surgery for a range of debilitating and life threating conditions including brain tumours, traumatic brain injuries, problems with the central nervous system and epilepsy.

An iMRI scanning suite is an operating theatre with an integrated MRI scanner which will give surgeons a real-time view of the brain whilst the child is still on the operating table. This facility will make imaging the brain during operations a seamless procedure, helping to achieve the best possible outcomes for critically ill young patients with neurological conditions.

Sarah Naismith, Director of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity commented: “We are delighted that Sparkle in the City was such a success and are extremely grateful to every single person who attended, donated prizes, or helped in any way possible. I’d like to extend a special thank you to Selfridges for partnering with us for the second year running – their support means so much to our hospital charity. An incredible amount was raised on the day which will go towards our iMRI Scanner appeal, helping to change the lives of our young patients requiring brain surgery at our hospital.”