Promise Dreams – 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner

Poppett and Trevor T's Gorgeous Show Girls

At the beginning of March, I was part of a truly wonderful evening to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Promise Dreams with an anniversary dinner that was second to none.

A fabulous night was had by all at Dunstall Racecourse on the 5th March 2011.  With the launch of our tenth year – the Promise Dreams Team and over 400 kind people joined together to have a superb evening to raise monies for Promise Dreams.

The evening got off to a thunderous start with Trevor T and his gorgeous show girls treating the room to a spectacular show including fire throwers and stilt walking and getting all the guests doing the conga around the tables  – and that was all before the starters were served!!

The evening festivities continued with a beautifully presented 4 course dinner and then onto the other festivities.

I was honoured to host the event along with Steve Bull and it was a delight to introduce Beverley Knight onto the stage.   She entertained the crowd with an acoustic set with songs from the past and present and it was lovely to have her stay for the whole evening with her lovely mum.  To have one soul diva was amazing but then 80’s legend, Jaki Graham took to the stage and rocked the crowd – many of the guests joined her on stage!

Jaki Graham and Family

A DVD showing all of our guests what the charity was about was delivered in total silence and I believe that bidding on the Auction items was  inspired by the footage shown because a quick-fire round of bidding ensued  raising a record breaking amount of money for the Charity – thank you so much everyone for your wonderful support

Dancing until 2am finished off what can only be described as a superbly successful evening – and one that we hope will set the tone for the fundraising from now forward….

with Steve and Beverley

If you would like to attend one of our events then you can join us at Beacon Radio’s Walk of the Black Country with monies raised coming to Promise Dreams. If this is something that you would like to take part in, you can go to www.beaconradio.co.uk and register.

For more info on Promise Dreams, check out www.promisedreams.co.uk

Running for Dreams

Our 4th Run for Dreams took place on Sunday morning and guess what – the rain didn’t happen until the latter stages which was really good.  The numbers this year were slightly down on last year but we are aware that we have so much competition now in the fun run category so for next year, we are looking at marketing our run differently and bringing in some new ideas. Our first planning meeting for 2010 will be in a couple of weeks.
What was very apparent however, was the amazing atmosphere yet again. It’s brilliant to see that even with a small amount of people, the goodwill and love is there in abundance.  This year we were delighted to welcome the beautiful Beverley Knight.  She was working in London the night before but still drove to Wolverhampton to support Promise Dreams.  She was bright eyed and raring to go at 8.15 on Sunday morning in spite of not getting home until 2.30 am.  Beverley stayed on after the run had finished to have photographs taken with lots of those that had taken part.
Over a dozen of our lovely Gadget Show crew turned up bright and early too which was fantastic and then of course we also had many ‘tweeters’ turn up from all parts of the UK.  One group, who called themselves the Dreamtwits took park and Beverley’s mum baked a beautiful rum soaked fruit cake for them.  Both Beverley and I are avid tweeters and we were both delighted to see so many of them come to run for Promise Dreams. A very big thank you  to my Gadget Show friends, to the ‘tweeters’, to Tress and Trevor from Somerset, Ian from Solihull and to absolutely everybody who came and supported us again this year. Thank you also to Steve Dale who came down from Lancashire to take loads of photos for the websites.
I want to thank my mate Owen for setting up a Just Giving page which he ran on his official fan website and then let us put it on our site too.  We had an original target of £500 but this has now realised more than double the amount and thank you so much to everybody who contributed to Run for Dreams through the Just Giving page.  Thank you to all of you that sent in cheques in support of the run as well. You’re all very kind and it’s really appreciated – thank you.
There are some amazing people out there and on behalf of Steve, Don and Bev and Amy and the girls at Promise Dreams let me thank you one and all for being there. A very special thank you to Beverley Knight – it was great to have you with us.
All we need now is for everyone that did the run, to get their personal sponsorship monies in to Promise Dreams as soon as possible so that the girls can turn the cash into some more wonderful dreams for the many youngsters that the Charity is all about.