Our Annual Birthday Bash sponsored by Metronet UK held at The Palace Hotel on Friday 5th February was a huge success!

Nearly 500 passionate Greater Mancunians came together to celebrate another fantastic year of Forever Manchester supporting local people doing extraordinary things together across our region.

Our Chief Exec, Nick Massey kicked off the night with a great speech talking about celebration, and how we all have the potential to be exceptional and how important it is to Forever Manchester to make people happy.

The night was a huge hit, with excellent talent from community groups and projects supported by donations from individuals and companies just like those in the room. Take a look at the video put together by our Video sponsors, Tunafish Media:

Talent included that of Tameside’s Bloco Mente, who got the evening off to an explosive start with their drumming performance, which was a favourite of our Chairman, Al Mackin’s;

Next up was Reforma Movement Theatre, who had the room in silence with their incredibly moving dance piece, which was a favourite of our headline sponsors, Metronet UK;

The final community group of the night was The Circus House, who put on a showstopping performance which had it all; contortion, aerial acrobatics and traditional circus skills. All of which was captured perfectly by our photographer on the evening;

The night was closed with our Poet in Residence, Tony Walsh who performed his newest poem for the first time. The poem celebrates all of the incredible local people in neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester and took the room through all of the emotions possible. We heard laughter, cheers, saw tears and the end of Tony’s poem was met with a well deserved standing ovation, and got the party off to a great start. The reaction blew Tony Walsh away and we look forward to hearing it again soon…

The Palace Hotel was a beautiful setting for our Birthday Bash and was thoroughly enjoyed.

Thanks to the generosity of individuals on the night as well as sponsors and corporate partners. we raised a massive £50,473 which will go to support community projects across the region.

We would also like to congratulate the following winners:

  • Corporate Supporter of the Year sponsored by Manchester Building Society – Express Solicitors
  • This is the Place Award sponsored by Kellogg’s UK – Sedgemoor Secret Flower and Bird Garden
  • Inspirational Community Group Award sponsored by CDL – The Miners Community Arts Centre
  • Captain Manchester Award sponsored by AutoTrader – Krishna Patel

We’d like to thank our sponsors, which include; Metronet UK, Kyocera, Beever and Struthers, Manchester Building Society, Kellogg’s CDL, Express Solicitors, Tunafish Media, Weber Shandwick, The Barker Baker and AutoTrader. Thanks to the kind donations of these companies, we were able to put on a great night for our supporters to celebrate Forever Manchester as well as invite community groups to celebrate with us. Thanks also goes to our comperes, Tim Cocker and Jim Salveson who hosted what was a great night perfectly.

Thank you also goes to our auction and raffle prize donors, which include; The Palace Hotel, Australasia, Fazenda Restaurant, Banyan Restaurant, Dive NQ, Thyme Out Didsbury, Verdure Floral Design, MacDonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, Gary Taylor, Tallulah Tennant, Drunken Butcher and Manchester Arena

The night wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the great team who supported Forever Manchester throughout the planning and the evening and provided their excellent services to us on a voluntary basis. These people included; Will Jarvis, Charlotte Chadwick, Sarah Raynard, Harriet Sutherland, Anna Kaskevica, Jess Occleston, Eleanor Smith, Monika Szabova, Jade Wright-Christie, Beth Williams, Chloe Heather Dearden, Adi Thomas, Ian Bratby, Kat Farys, Michelle O’Brien and Nicola McKeown and the team at The Palace Hotel.

Vision Events‘ Lisa Clayton and Darren Howard and their team also ensured the evening looked slick, creating a great atmosphere and ensuring the night ran as smoothly as possible.

To view photos from the night please click on the images below

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