AWTE had its biggest Christmas event this decade on 1st December, raising over £11,700 for Macmillan Cancer Support in one single event. Jacquie Beltrao, the key note speaker, made an evocative speech about the vulnerability of women to breast cancer and work of the Macmillan nurses in helping cancer sufferers.
369 of the leading lights in the travel industry of today and yester year attended what is known in travel circles as the “official” kick off for the Christmas industry social season.
Paul Atterbury, from BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, was the auctioneer for the silent auction which raised in total of £11,755, beating last year’s figures by just under £2,000. The raffle (in aid of the AWTE Benevolant fund) raised £3228.50, again more than £1,000 more than last year.
The event, with Avis as the headline sponsor, sparkling reception hosted by Mark Warner and White Hart Associates and Feefo providing the entertainment, saw guests being treated to traditional turkey lunch with all the trimmings and carols by the 20 harmonious members of the Macmillan choir.
Rachel Kinston from Macmillan sent us this message:
Many thanks from all of us at Macmillan for your generous contributions. The live and silent auctions together with donations raised an incredible £11,775, which is could pay to operate the financial element of our phone service for a week. In this time, our cancer support specialists could, on average, deal with 190 cases and help secure £393,495 in unclaimed benefits. This will make a real and lasting difference to 190 people with cancer and their families, and we can’t thank you enough for your support.