The Snowdrop Ball took place last Saturday and it was with saddened hearts that representatives of Slater and Gordon, and Pannone part of Slater and Gordon attended the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund, Snowdrop Ball. We had learned the news of the passing our friend and colleague, Neil Fisher, the day before but were determined to ensure Neil’s memory was maintained for the cause.
Vicki Deritis from the Newcastle office, Alicia Rendell and Kim Harrison from the Manchester office of Pannone part of Slater and Gordon and Dominic Smith from the Manchester office attended the Ball.
The Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund works relentlessly to raise awareness and fund crucial research projects, improve diagnosis, treatment and care for mesothelioma sufferers plus helping to access information and support. The Fund works ” under the umbrella” of the British Lung Foundation and has been established in memory of Mick who was diagnosed aged 59 years in August 2000 and died on the 19th March 2001.
The Ball was a gala event at the Chandelier Suite of The Assembly Rooms. Black tie was the dress code and the air was filled with glamour, ball gowns and black ties and suits. The room was beautifully decorated with the themed “snowdrops” throughout the room, which added to the glamour of the night. There were representatives from a variety of organisations including many asbestos victim support groups.
There were a number of prizes for the raffles and Kim Harrison and Dominic Smith won two one of which was donated to the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group for their Golf Day prizes. The grand auction was an Alan Shearer of Newcastle United Football Club, signed and framed t-shirt which was donated by Slater and Gordon. Dominic had the winning bid of £150 which he decided to donate back for auction which went to a very pleased and excited Newcastle United fan.
As promised from the promotion of the Ball, the evening went off with a swinging dance sensation to the live band, “Baldy Holly” who played classics from the 50′s right up to the present day! The asbestos victim support groups together with Chris Knighton herself were joined by Kim and Dominic as the jive seemed to be the dance of the evening.
The amount raised for the Fund was estimated at £3,500.00