A fantastic night was had by all at Forever Manchester’s Birthday Party, with £90,675 being raised for Forever Manchester to fund and support community activity across Greater Manchester.

400 passionate and dedicated supporters came together at the Kimpton Clocktower on Friday 10th February 2023 to celebrate another year of Forever Manchester helping local people doing extraordinary things in their local communities. After a turbulent 2022, it was a particularly celebratory night, reminding us all of the importance of community and human connection.

We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that contributed to a truly entertaining and inspirational night. There was certainly something special in the air, with a record-breaking amount being raised.

The event was kindly sponsored by Oscar.


Hosted by Tony Walsh and Captain Manchester, the Birthday Party featured first class entertainment, starting with pianist Georgia Clark in the Drinks Reception and then performances from three local community groups:

  • The Circus House
  • Bolton Mandhata Youth
  • Manchester Proud Chorus

Fat Cat Brass Band then rounded the evening off with a surprise performance, after their popular debut at last year’s Birthday Party, before Martin Holland took to the decks with a DJ set that kept everyone up and dancing until the early hours.

Award Winners

The Birthday Party also acknowledged the impressive achievements from local community groups as well as the efforts and contributions by local businesses who support Forever Manchester. A huge congratulations goes to our well-deserved award winners:

Greg Davis – The Forever Manchester Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Artorius
Zuto – Business Supporter of the Year Award sponsored by J.W. Lees
Out in the City
– Community Group of the Year Award sponsored by CDL
Work for Smile – For Everyone Award sponsored by AO Arena
Emma Livingstone – Captain Manchester Award sponsored by Auto Trader
Denton West End Community Library – Outstanding Community Contribution Award sponsored by OFR Consultants
Angels of Hope for Women – Transforming Lives Award sponsored by Maxwell Bond
J. W. Lees – Employee Engagement Award sponsored by theEword
Wythenshawe Warriors – Connecting Communities Award sponsored by Barclays

Congratulations also to Rebecca Stevens who won the Twitter Wall Competition, sponsored by Beever and Struthers.

Thank Yous

Our Forever Manchester Birthday Party wouldn’t have been such a success without the support from sponsors, so a massive thank you to Oscar, Artorius, AO Arena, Auto Trader, Barclays, Beever and Struthers, Castlefield Wealth, CDL, J.W.Lees, Kay Johnson Gee, Maxwell Bond, OFR Consultants, Richard Hogben, Schroders Personal Wealth, theEword, Trevor Mather, Zuto and Xentum

Thanks as well to all the volunteers who gave up their time to help out at the Birthday Party and to everyone that took part in Captain Manchester’s Magical Tombola or placed a bid on the auction!

We’d also like to thank all of our auction donors, including Comme Ca Art Gallery and The Sculpts, who worked with us on the night to host a wonderful selection of original artwork in the Drinks Reception.


Click the links below to see pictures from the night.

Official Photos taken by Carl Sukonik Photobooth Photos Sponsored by AO Arena

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Date added: 13th February 2023

Photos by: Carl Sukonik