CALM CEO Jane Powell reports back from a very special supporter event…
“In the autumn of 2005 I was contacted by a lady called Maggie Day, whose son James had recently taken his life. Maggie had this idea of a fundraiser, a dinner dance, for CALM. At that time CALM was still just an ambition – we had no money, no business plan, no income on the horizon, and no registered charity number.
“The dinner dance was well attended, beautifully organised and very emotional, and was pretty much wholly responsible for our £12K income that year! Take a peek of our Annual Report for 2005/6 on the Charity Commission website if you want proof…
“Without that first event I don’t think I would have gone through and actually launched the charity, so it was with huge pleasure and pride that I attended the 10th Anniversary Fundraiser in memory of James, at Radcliffe Borough Football Club on Sunday, 16th May.
“It was lovely to see familiar faces and be able to report back to those people who’d put such faith in the campaign all those years ago. Another brilliantly organised, well attended event, with a stunning array of raffle prizes – signed football shirts, weekend get-a-ways, food and wine hampers, tickets for Take That – and finally and by no means least, a guitar signed by the crew and cast of Coronation Street. The evening raised an astonishing £5K for CALM.
“Thank you to everyone that came to the evening, and to that brilliant community who have been helping make the fundraisers in memory of James over the years such a huge success, and thank you especially Gemma and Tony and of course Maggie who has made sure that James Walsh’s death was not in vain. You helped create a charity that has taken since then, over 180,000 calls to CALM’s helpline. We are honoured by your support.”
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