After attending his School reunion in 2018, Andrew Laycock and a few of his friends decided to organise a Charity Dinner and auction for all those from his school who had been affected by illness, in particular cancer and stroke, to support the charities who had supported them and to remember those that were no longer with them.
Hearing about this, Peter Bruce was enthusiastic to help and suggested Entier offered their kitchen equipment, expertise and vehicles to use for the event. The two charities that were chosen were Breast Cancer Now and Different Stokes (A Charity supporting young stroke survivors.) The decided on a 16th Century Barn attached to the Tudor Northorpe Hall, the decision was made easy as this was also the headquarters of the Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust a charity supporting children’s mental and emotional health and their families.
With the venue booked, they booked a band, ‘Ska House’, one of the organisers son, who was a cancer survivor himself. With live saxophones etc. it seemed only right that the theme of the night was ‘Jazz Club’, with a classy black, purple and gold colour scheme.
The menu for the evening was designed, Billy Boyter, Michelin starred Chef proprietor of the Cellar in Anstruther and former Wilde Thyme Chef designed a pre dessert using Yorkshire Rhubarb and the dessert was a collaboration with Neil Mugg, currently Comrie’s culinary Fresh Olive’s College assessor.
Generous auction prizes were donated including original art works, prizes from Everton, Manchester united, Huddersfield Rugby League, signed Drumheads and Demo CDs and memorabilia from local band Embrace, Whisky connoisseur’s package and a pair of unrestricted flight tickets to any destination from Easyjet, these were auctioned throughout the night. As well as this, innovative party games and table games were played all adding to the money raised.
The evening was a great success, with 95 guests attending they managed to raise a massive £12,266 after costs, this is almost £130.00 per person.
£4000.00 was donated to each of three chosen charities, and £266, which was a late donation will be donated to Entier’s chosen charity, Friends of Anchor.
Andy would like to say a massive thank you too Peter Bruce, Andrew Hamer and the Entier team for supporting the event and enabling it to happen.