On Friday 21 August, The Experience played host to a spectacular Charity Dinner in aid of the Beatson Cancer Charity. The dinner was a huge success and raised £7900 for the charity.
A great evening was had by all as over 100 guests gathered for an evening of powerful and moving speeches, delicious food, a fun auction and great conversations!
The Beatson Cancer Charity raises funds to enhance the treatment, outcome, experience and well-being of both patients diagnosed with cancer and their families. They provide vital support as well as raise funds for specialised posts including; nursing, radiography, physics, and research-based staff. Money also goes towards enhanced medical equipment, innovative service developments, unique research projects and educational initiatives.
The Academy restaurant was transformed into a dining extravaganza as in-house Interior Designer Sharon Kane used a nature theme to signify new life. Taking inspiration from the Beatson, motivational quotes were placed around the venue, and beautiful fresh yellow flowers adorned every table.
The night kicked off with a drinks reception in The Academy where guests were welcomed with a glass of bubbly. The first speech was given by Kibble’s CEO, Graham Bell who welcomed guests to the venue and introduced Maureen Thomson from the Beatson. Maureen delivered a heart-warming and though-provoking speech, asking everyone in the room to stand up. She then asked everyone who had been affected by cancer, or knew someone who had, to sit back down. Not one person was left standing. The room was left in silence for the remainder of Maureen’s speech where everyone listened to the great work Beatson are doing in their mission to beat cancer. The final speech of the evening was given by Donald Munro, our Executive Chef and the reason behind this event. During the development of The Experience, Donald was diagnosed with cancer. Donald wanted to organise an event to raise money for the Beatson Cancer Charity. This event was a great way for Donald to give something back to the Beatson and to showcase The Experience as an events venue.
Donald worked in the kitchen during the event alongside The Experience Chefs and visiting Chefs, Robert Lintott and Stewart Jarvie, to prepare a delicious meal for the guests. After dinner, the auction and raffle took place. The auction was a huge success and everybody got involved in the fun. All auction and raffle prizes were very kindly donated to us. A special thanks goes to John Ferguson of SCVO who ran the auction and managed to get everyone to dig deep.
The night was a great success and we were delighted to raise funds for such a deserving cause!