‘When the dream that was, can no longer be, you have to dream a different dream’.
We are over the moon to be able to announce that the Team Verrico ball on Saturday night raised over £10,000. This could not have been achieved without the support of each and every one of you so, THANK YOU.
Special thanks go to: The Wortley House Hotel, Dapper Suits, Rapunzel’s Hair Salon and photographer Steve Oatway who all donated takings to the cause. We also received amazingly generous prize donations, including Rita Payne offering themselves for a house gig; Nick Cranfield iron man sponsorship; sports memorabilia and tickets; a professional garden design by FDA Landscape; and, much, much more. TeamVerrico must also express its gratitude to Scunthorpe United chairman, Peter Swann who very generously donated £3,000. Thank you to everyone who donated time, energy and prizes to our cause.
The monies raised will go a long way to help the charity further its Objectives (for more information, click here).
Of course, a lot of fun was has along the way. Guests, including the Rt Honourable Karl Turner MP, Peter Swann and Russ Wilcox, Chairman and Manager respectively of Scunthorpe United FC, were welcomed by a champagne reception in the plush bar of the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, before being led into the main auditorium, where they were greeted by hosts Anna Lundy and Phil Crosbie.
Over 260 guests listened to four performances. The first was by Sam Young, a 14 year old musical prodigy, who had travelled from Birmingham and had written a special composition set to Auden’s ‘Stop the Clocks’ in memory of Anna. Singer Peter Ward (who has been a family friend for 30 years) concluded Sam’s set with four of Anna’s favourite show tunes, including ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’ from Les Miserables. The third performance was delivered by Tom Kimmel, a singer/songwriter who had travelled all the way from America to play at the ball.
Speaking after the show, Tom said:
“I watched what was happening in Epworth while I was over in Nashville and I felt like I was there with you all. When I got the invite I just knew I had to be there. I’ve had nearly a week in Epworth – it’s such a beautiful place and I’ve been made so welcome. I’ll take some good memories back with me. I loved seeing everyone dressed up so fine and looking so gorgeous.”
The night closed with a headline performance from Rita Payne, fresh from the release of their second album. They played a selection of their work and blew the roof off the venue with an energetic, pumping set.
The charity’s purposes were conveyed in two short films which were voiced by Hollywood actor Hugo Speer. The films aimed to raise awareness of the research supported by Team Verrico and why fundraising is so very important. Versions of the films will shortly be available on the Team Verrico website.
The audience was also addressed by Paul Verrico, in his capacity as chair of Team Verrico. He said:
“Why are we launching? I guess because I believe, my friends believe, you believe we have the power to say ‘this is not how Anna’s story will end’. Whatever we choose to do with our futures, our time, our energies – life is finite. Whatever choice we make – time will pass, energy will be expended. We can either work at creating the life and future we want for ourselves and our children or we can be a passenger in our own existence, hoping that if ever we face a medical emergency that someone else will, somewhere, have done something to try and help us and our loved ones. I’ve been on the wrong end of the worst medical prognosis you can ever wish to hear. I choose to spend my time, energy and future actively trying to stop other people having such a bleak future and having to hear words like ‘terminal’ spoken about a 36 year old beautiful mother of 2. To make a difference, you don’t have to be rich, beautiful, brilliant or perfect. You just have to care. Your attendance here tonight shows to me that you do care and that you want to work with us to try and help others.”
“Life has so many chapters. One bad chapter does not mean the end of the book. Good ones are yet to be written. Team Verrico enables me to write a new chapter in my future and that of my children. With your support, I earnestly hope we can write new chapters for many others. You all helped Anna. Skydives, Marathons, Iron Mans, giant bunnies, naked calendars. After tonight I am going to ask you to go and do it all again. Not for someone you know but for others who may be helplessly waiting for someone to care.”
We are so proud to have been able to showcase Team Verrico’s message on such a large stage and extend our thanks to everyone who has supported us along the way.