Formby couple, Lisa and Paul Maddison, normally hold a spectacular annual ball
for Rainbow Hub, the charity supporting children and young people with physical
and neurological disabilities where their daughter, Katie (14) has attended conductive
education for the past 13 years.
But they were not going to be beaten when it could not go ahead this year due to
the pandemic and came up with a fantastic idea for a virtual event which raised
£10,000 for the charity.
Their “Drop the ball” quiz night was sponsored by Luke Martin, MD of TSF Group
and involved families taking part through a Zoom event with two Marathon question
rounds including general knowledge and music. The winner of the quiz
was Dr Peter Williams from Formby and the Best Dressed Team was won by
Lindsey, Peter, Charlie and Henry Knowles also from Formby. They all won hampers
of drinks and chocolate.
A fantastic auction added to the evening with prizes including football boots signed
by Adam Lallana; a monthly floral arrangement for a year from Flowerstyle by Laurie;
Prosecco hamper; two professional wine tasting and food evenings for 4 (when
restrictions lift); Football and photo signed by Leighton Baines; single malt whisky;
Prosecco, white wine and chocolate hamper; together with four prizes donated by HSBC
– 2 tickets for Chester Zoo, Family ticket for Farmer Ted’s, Wine & chocolates hamper and
a stunning diamond earrings, pendant and ring set.
Lisa Maddison said, “We want to thank everyone who joined us online and took part
and special thanks to Luke Martin of TSF Group and Annette Mullan of HSBC
and everyone who donated auction prizes for their support. We were disappointed
that we could not hold our annual ball but we had a great evening and a fabulous result
for Rainbow Hub.”
Luke Martin, MD TSF Group, added “’TFS Group is one of the largest facility service
providers in the UK, operating in every major city and employing several hundred
employees. We regard our ability to provide financial support to charities, both locally
and internationally a cornerstone of our success. The global pandemic caused significant
disruption to charities all over the world, in both service delivery and revenue streams. We
are therefore delighted to continue our financial support for Rainbow Hub, to help preserve
the vital therapeutic services they provide to children and young adults with neurological
Lyndsay Fahey, Interim CEO at Rainbow Hub, said “We are over the moon at receiving such
a fantastic amount and send a massive thank you to Lisa and Paul for hosting the event;
TFS Group and HSBC for their support and to everyone who took part. It was a really
enjoyable evening with plenty of fun and laughter.
Lisa was so disappointed at not being able to host her annual ball this year but quickly
came up with this idea to raise much needed funds. With all of our events having to
be cancelled we are facing challenging times so this makes such a difference to our
ability to continue to provide the services which change the lives of the children and
families we support.”