We’re so delighted to announce that £60,000 was stumped up for the amputees at our annual dinner, and it was a night we’ll never forget!
After months of preparation that continued right up until the doors opened, Glasgow businesses, supporters, Troopers, friends and family arrived at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Cambridge Street. Hope, one of the amazing amputees who cycled Dubai last year, welcomed everyone into the room by playing the bagpipes for ten minutes, leaving us all wondering where she got the breath from!
Cor, along with brother Davy, welcomed our guests and gave a toast. After a couple of videos to set the tone, dinner was served! Following this, rugby legend John Beattie took the stage and played Heads & Tails, and the winner won a trip to Barcelona courtesy of Hilton and Barrhead Travel! Davy Hutton returned to the stage for the auction, and with the quality of prizes that had been donated, it wasn’t a surprise that they were all SOLD pretty quickly. Cor’s second visit to the stage was to introduce three awards and a representative from each company who sponsored them. It was fantastic to see each sponsor congratulate the award winners. The Mobility Solutions Fundraiser of the Year went to Cindy Eadon, the M8 Recovery Volunteer of the Year was Christine Skinner and the HCi Viocare Found Your Feet Award was presented to Cathy Healy.
For her final speech, Cor introduced a video of some of the Troopers discussing their experiences with amputation, and how important it was to have people to talk to as they adjusted to their new lives. It was a sobering moment as Cor asked the room to pledge enough money so Finding Your Feet could work towards providing a dedicated psychologist, and it was followed by a flood of gratitude as we watched the donations from all over the room pop up on the big screens. It was a welcome reminder of how great people can be.
The dancefloor started to fill up and the photo booth was swamped, with people desperate to document their time at the Bionic Bash. Mildred’s Dairy were awesome, and Bobby being a long time FYF friend and fundraiser made it even better. Next it was The John Beattie Band – who knew he could play the guitar like that?
People were invited along to stump up for the amputees, and they had an awesome time doing it. Seeing amputees, founders, fundraisers, families, businesses, plus ones, and everyone else tear up the dancefloor together was a beautiful thing, and it summed up everything that FYF is about. It was billed as a night to celebrate the superhumans, and what better way to celebrate them than raise that amount of money so that they can continue to do amazing things?
Here’s to next year!