TWO Solihull pals’ annual Christmas get-together with friends has blossomed into a massive fund raising event producing thousands of pounds for charity.
Badminton buddies Heather Moseley and Gill Cooke found themselves short of time getting round to see their friends during the festivities. Their solution, in 1993, was to organise a Christmas party for them - and now, nearly 20 years later, they’ve raised almost £25,000 for charity.
“We were always racing around to see people and thought of holding a party for them instead,” said Heather of Woodlands Lane, Shirley.
“We had a small charge to cover costs and ended up with a surplus of £350. Someone suggested we give it to a breast cancer charity, Breakthrough. And it just snowballed from there.”
Their annual Christmas party was born and duly took on a life of its own.
“A few times we’ve said ‘right, that was the last one, we’re not doing it again’ but all our friends say ‘no, you can’t stop now, we love it’,” said Heather.
This year’s event was at Fulford Heath Golf Club and was attended by 106 people and raised £2,358 for Acorns Childrens Hospice.
“We would like to thank everyone for supporting our charity disco, day trip to London and the bingo night,” said Heather, “and Fulford Heath gave us their premises free of charge.
“Every year we say that was the last, but around September time we always start thinking of it again......”