The second annual FM Industry Charity ball took place on March 19th at Grand Connaught Rooms in Holborn. It was a sell-out, with just less than 400 leading players in the sector dancing till dawn and raising over £28k for The Royal Marsden. Funds were raised through a charity auction, heads and tails, silent auction and also £20 of each ticket going directly to the fundraising. We topped the first years fundraising by over £6k. The event was supported by a large number of companies including Mayflower, Acorn Maintenance, Darwin Clayton, OCS, Morphose, RICS and BIFM who all booked tables.
Entertainment was provided by Natalie Williams and the Soul Family band, who are usually found at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho. The 10 piece band was extremely impressive encouraging a large number of guests to carry on to an ‘after party’.
Amanda Heaton at The Royal Marsden, said: “This event has raised an incredible sum of money which will make an enormous difference to the lives of people who receive treatment through the hospital. The £28,000 raised has been directly put towards Prof. Johnston’s research team. Ismena Clout was treated by Prof. Johnston before she sadly passed last year, and it was lovely to see the Professor speaking at the event.”
The event was organised by a committee who represent a cross section of the industry: Jeremy Waud (Incentive FM Group); David Sharp (Workplace Law); Cathy Hayward (Magenta); and Nick Atherton (Morphose). It was promoted by City Sports Management Ltd.
Jeremy Waud, Managing Director at Incentive FM Group, explains: “The idea was to build on the success of the 2014 event and hold an industry‐wide fun, black tie evening in London without a direct affiliation to any other industry trade bodies or media organisations. There were no event sponsors – this was an event held by the industry, for the industry and its chosen charity. It was great to see the main players in the industry attending – combining the youngsters and senior members of the industry.”