Digby Brown raise over 600,000 for Spinal Injuries Scotland
Every year, Digby Brown pulls out all the stops for their annual fundraising event, the Winter Dinner Dance, for Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) raising tens of thousands to support the charity’s work with spinal cord injured people across Scotland.
This year’s Winter Dinner Dance marked the twelfth year that Digby Brown have organised this event. On the night, the charity dinner raised an impressive £58,500 which means this event has raised over £600,000 for Spinal Injuries Scotland over its lifespan.
Des Clarke Compere for the 2016 Winter Dinner Dance
The 2016 Digby Brown Winter Dinner Dance was held at DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central (formerly known as the Glasgow City Hotel and Thistle Hotel) on Friday 4th November with Capital Radio host Des Clarke as the compere for the evening.
Joanna Martin shares her story about her spinal cord injury
We were privileged to have Joanna Martin share her story about how she sustained a spinal cord injury in the RAF and her recent achievements at the Invictus Games in Florida where she won a silver medal for indoor rowing.
Fundraising throughout the evening
Guests could partake in the tombola and bid in the silent auction throughout the evening. The auction included 44 items such as a diamond bracelet from Chisholm Hunter, a painting of “Desmond” the Highland Cow from Craig Semple, a hand carved bowl from Ike Curran and tickets to Take That donated by Global Radio.
There was also Snowball Games throughout dinner featuring questions from various topics and snow balls - and snow ball fights!
The lucky winners received a bottle of Champagne each, £40 for the casino each and a prize draw ticket.
Dara Ó Briain live at the Winter Dinner Dance
The big surprise act on the night was Irish comedian and TV presenter Dara Ó Briain live on stage at the Winter Dinner Dance.
Dara happily stayed after his set to take pictures with guests and announce the winner of the highly anticipated prize of the night - the raffle draw for a brand new Vauxhall Viva, kindly donated by Peter Vardy.
Wendy Gordon wins brand new car
The lucky winner was Wendy Gordon this year – much to Des Clarke’s disappointment at losing again this year. Maybe next year Des!
Chris Stewart, Digby Brown Partner and Head of the firm’s Serious Injury Department, said:
“The Digby Brown Winter Dinner Dance for Spinal Injuries Scotland is always an extraordinary event and this year was no exception.
“We were delighted to welcome so many guests and have Dara O Briain live on stage. All the entertainment throughout the evening ensured everyone had a great evening. All of this had an important aim though – to raise vital funds to support a great charity in its work across Scotland.
“At Digby Brown we personally see the incredible difference that Spinal Injuries Scotland makes to those living with spinal cord injury and their friends, relatives and carers. We are enormously proud of our long-term relationship with the charity and are thrilled that we were able to play our role in helping them continue their life changing work around Scotland.
“This event was a success due to the generosity of everyone involved and we would like to personally thank all those who attended the Digby Brown Winter Dinner Dance 2016 and donated generously on the night- as well as everyone that supported the evening in many different ways.”