Meeting Needs celebrates big boost in fund-raising at showcase event

Event industry foundation Meeting Needs celebrated their best fund-raising result for eight years at their annual showcase event at the Radisson Blu Bloomsbury last week.

Current year income has topped £150,000 for the first time since 2016, reflecting a return to growth for the industry and the foundation, said chair Chris Parnham, when he welcomed guests including original founding trustees, Peter Rand MBE and Charles Blowfield.

The event connected 110 trustees, founders, donors, fund-raisers, beneficiaries and sponsors including: Axiom for providing the superb venue and hospitality, Cvent for sponsoring the Royal Parks Half Marathon team, and Media Mirror, for providing video and photography on the night.

“Our aim is to channel all fundraising activity within the Industry through Meeting Needs and then award these funds to small charities, which are loved, championed or supported by colleagues in our industry. Anyone can help their favourite charity to benefit from a grant. We like to help small charities, the ones who find it so hard to raise funds or awareness, and some of those wonderful charities are in the room tonight,” said Parnham.

SITE GB, M+IT Awards, GLAM, Beam, Micebook and Greengage received special mentions for their fund-raising efforts and SITE GB was presented with the annual David Hackett Award for Outstanding Contribution by David´s wife Sharon McDonough and daughter Emma Hackett.

A further £1,460 was raised on the night.

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